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ACQUISITION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does acquisition mean? 

ACQUISITION (noun)
  The noun ACQUISITION has 4 senses:

1. the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
2. something acquired
3. the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge
4. an ability that has been acquired by training

  Familiarity information: ACQUISITION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ACQUISITION (noun)


Sense 1acquisition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context examples:

the acquisition of wealth / the acquisition of one company by another

Hypernyms ("acquisition" is a kind of...):

acquiring; getting (the act of acquiring something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "acquisition"):

incurring (acquiring or coming into something (usually undesirable))

buyout (acquisition of a company by purchasing a controlling percentage of its stock)

regaining; restitution; restoration; return (getting something back again)

procural; procurance; procurement (the act of getting possession of something)

heritage; inheritance (hereditary succession to a title or an office or property)

assumption; laying claim (the act of taking possession of or power over something)

succession; taking over (acquisition of property by descent or by will)

acceptance (the act of taking something that is offered)

purchase (the acquisition of something for payment)

pork-barreling (acquisition of government money for benefits to a specific locale)

annexation (the formal act of acquiring something (especially territory) by conquest or occupation)

moneymaking (the act of making money (and accumulating wealth))


Sense 2acquisition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something acquired

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Context example:

a recent acquisition by the museum

Hypernyms ("acquisition" is a kind of...):

transferred possession; transferred property (a possession whose ownership changes or lapses)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "acquisition"):

accession; addition (something added to what you already have)

purchase (something acquired by purchase)

gift (something acquired without compensation)


Sense 3acquisition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

learning; acquisition

Context example:

the child's acquisition of language

Hypernyms ("acquisition" is a kind of...):

basic cognitive process (cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "acquisition"):

carry-over; transfer; transfer of training (application of a skill learned in one situation to a different but similar situation)

study; work (applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading))

committal to memory; memorisation; memorization (learning so as to be able to remember verbatim)

language learning (learning to use a language)

imprinting (a learning process in early life whereby species specific patterns of behavior are established)

incorporation; internalisation; internalization (learning (of values or attitudes etc.) that is incorporated within yourself)

education (the gradual process of acquiring knowledge)

digestion (learning and coming to understand ideas and information)

developmental learning (learning that takes place as a normal part of cognitive development)

conditioning (a learning process in which an organism's behavior becomes dependent on the occurrence of a stimulus in its environment)


Sense 4acquisition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An ability that has been acquired by training

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

acquirement; skill; accomplishment; attainment; acquisition

Hypernyms ("acquisition" is a kind of...):

ability; power (possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "acquisition"):

salesmanship (skill in selling; skill in persuading people to buy)

seamanship (skill in sailing)

showmanship (the ability to present something (especially theatrical shows) in an attractive manner)

soldiering; soldiership (skills that are required for the life of soldier)

swordsmanship (skill in fencing)

oarsmanship (skill as an oarsman)

numeracy (skill with numbers and mathematics)

mixology (skill in preparing mixed drinks)

craft; craftsmanship; workmanship (skill in an occupation or trade)

horsemanship (skill in handling and riding horses)

literacy (the ability to read and write)

marksmanship (skill in shooting)

mastership (the skill of a master)


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