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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The main use of its biggest acquisitions is to send cash home.
▪ For Fleet, which has recently made big acquisitions, the move clears an obstacle in integrating its multi-state operations.
▪ It is the second time in under a year that the packaging and printing giant has issued new equity for big acquisitions.
▪ So, the argument runs, Hanson is under pressure to make a big acquisition, soon.
▪ Not, it seems, through big acquisitions.
▪ The Act also settled a doubt concerning the legality of compulsory land acquisition for the purpose of disposal to a private developer.
▪ This process often involved the compulsory acquisition of firms and hence their potential closure.
▪ Gloucester's major acquisitions in the reshuffle of 1471 lay in the north.
▪ Lockheed Martin is taking on a major acquisition at a time when it is still working on the cost-savings from its merger.
▪ The other alternative is major acquisition or merger.
▪ These matters will, interalia, include major acquisitions, budgets and contracts in which the directors have a personal interest.
▪ Helen returned to the new acquisitions.
▪ When he'd stored his new acquisitions in it there was still lots of room left for more books and papers.
▪ Low-cost solutions that marry new digital-data acquisition boards to efficient processing algorithms were assessed prior to being developed.
▪ Wessex Hygiene, the new acquisition is now part of the Bristol Hygiene branch.
▪ They also reasoned that the costs of maintaining access to very large collections would erode funds available for new acquisitions.
▪ If the new acquisitions go ahead, the vistas will be seen much as they were at Brown's death in 1783.
▪ If anything is moved then I am informed and we also record the new acquisitions.
▪ The main item on the agenda will be the possible acquisition of larger premises for our services.
▪ And which REITs are possible acquisition targets?
▪ Net proceeds will be used to repay debt and for working capital and possible acquisitions.
▪ With no debt and strong cash flow, Mantex is studying possible acquisitions or new investments, Zerbib said.
▪ The company said it is holding shares to help finance possible acquisitions in the future.
▪ Much of that growth is attributable to increases in mortgage banking and recent acquisitions.
▪ I do not accept that recent acquisitions of regional brewers and closures of breweries are the result of the beer orders.
▪ Tintas International has been an affiliate of International Paint since 1926, while Supertintas was a more recent acquisition, in 1984.
▪ The Parrot was one of their more recent acquisitions, and when Huey made them an offer, they took it.
▪ To enable them to fulfil these tasks UDCs have been granted extensive financial, planning and land acquisition powers.
▪ Guyon will also become responsible for land acquisition in the Bay Area.
▪ The Act also settled a doubt concerning the legality of compulsory land acquisition for the purpose of disposal to a private developer.
▪ The period of language acquisition may therefore be much longer than Chomsky originally thought.
▪ He understands how the social benefits of assimilation come primarily through language acquisition.
▪ Chomsky's view of the problem of language acquisition can be simply illustrated.
▪ This experience can not be replicated in second language acquisition.
▪ All this imposes a powerful constraint on language acquisition from the allegedly scanty data available to any child.
▪ They will possess the same cognitive structures and whatever maturational schedules thereof that underlie hearing children's language acquisition.
▪ Conclusion Lexical development offers critical insights into the process of language acquisition.
▪ It is therefore increasingly important for their teachers to have a knowledge of theories of language acquisition.
▪ It also yesterday announced the acquisition of the Seal Sanctuary, in Cornwall, for £1.8 million.
▪ After announcing the acquisition in June 1994, Harvard encountered rough waters in bringing the deal to harbor.
▪ In an ideal world, the purchaser will wish to receive formal consent from every customer and supplier before completing the acquisition.
▪ However, if we introduce an opportunity which results in their completing an acquisition we would charge an introduction fee.
▪ A majority holding in Aimnet was acquired in May, and Verio completed the acquisition this fall.
▪ Wells Fargo completed its acquisition of First Interstate yesterday and lost no time wielding the cost-cutting ax.
▪ The capital gains from disposals finance further acquisitions and further capital gains.
▪ The real-estate investment trust said it will use the notes to finance property acquisitions and to repay debt.
▪ Since going public in late 1994, Corporate Express has made two additional offerings in order to finance its acquisitions.
▪ The proper handling of these expectations will have a major impact on the overall success of the company following the acquisition.
▪ Turnover rose £155million to £1.06billion following the Horizon acquisition.
▪ Circumstances in which a change of name would be permitted would include marriage or the acquisition of a title.
▪ A development agreement and zoning agreement that will include open-space acquisition are expected to be reached next month.
▪ First steps in cooperation will include the exchange of acquisition lists and publications, and visits among participating centres.
▪ This includes the effect of acquisitions which added nearly 350.
▪ These matters will, interalia, include major acquisitions, budgets and contracts in which the directors have a personal interest.
▪ Firstly, it involves the acquisition, organization and communication as well as the retrieval of information.
▪ Actuaries have been increasingly involved in merger and acquisition activity in the general insurance field.
▪ Gibson has just made its third acquisition, the Bladnoch single malt brand bought from Guinness's whisky subsidiary United Distillers.
▪ Patricof plans to invest further sums in Neill allowing it to make acquisitions on the Continent.
▪ For Fleet, which has recently made big acquisitions, the move clears an obstacle in integrating its multi-state operations.
▪ This boosts the group's share price, making the next acquisition easier.
▪ In any event, Liverpool Victoria wants to use its surplus to make acquisitions rather than distribute the cash to members.
▪ Over two-thirds have previously been involved in making an acquisition.
▪ A study was undertaken in co-operation with oil companies to propose optimum data acquisition techniques and formation evaluation procedures.
▪ The proposed acquisition, which must be approved by shareholders, values the two networks at about $ 16 a share.
▪ Of this, $ 149m will go towards the proposed Conrail acquisition.
▪ First Bank System has offered to exchange 2. 6 of its shares for each First Interstate share in the proposed acquisition.
▪ Under its proposed acquisition offer, Mattel would have bought Hasbro for $ 54. 28 a share.
▪ Fourth quarter results do not include any impact from the proposed acquisition.
▪ The shares have climbed 4. 7 % since the proposed Magma acquisition was announced.
▪ Gordon declined to reveal specific terms of the proposed acquisition.
▪ Funds will be used for new museum acquisitions.
▪ IBM will look at acquisitions including small service companies that complement its offerings.
▪ second language acquisition
▪ United Airlines' acquisition of the company is being investigated by the Justice Department.
▪ If anything is moved then I am informed and we also record the new acquisitions.
▪ If the new acquisitions go ahead, the vistas will be seen much as they were at Brown's death in 1783.
▪ Mergers and acquisitions are often decided by two or three people be-hind closed doors.
▪ Nor does it mean that the project acquisitions were not used.
▪ The firm must maintain an independent and objective attitude throughout the engagement, rather than advocating an acquisition.
▪ They proposed that more open-ended questioning and more pupil talk were vital in reading acquisition.
▪ This should be significantly higher in 2000 as a result of acquisitions of Keyline and Sharpe and Fisher made late in 1999.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Acquisition \Ac`qui*si"tion\, n. [L. acquisitio, fr. acquirere: cf. F. acquisition. See Acquire.]

  1. The act or process of acquiring.

    The acquisition or loss of a province.

  2. Specifically: (Business, Finance) The purchase of one commercial enterprise by another, whether for cash, or in a trade of stock of the purchasing company for that of the purchased company.

    Syn: buyout, takeover.

  3. The thing acquired or gained; an acquirement; a gain; as, learning is an acquisition.

    Syn: See Acquirement.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "act of obtaining," from Old French acquisicion (13c.) or directly from Latin acquisitionem (nominative acquisitio), noun of action from past participle stem of acquirere "get in addition, accumulate," from ad- "extra" (see ad-) + quaerere "to seek to obtain" (see query (v.)). Meaning "thing obtained" is from late 15c. The vowel change of -ae- to -i- in Latin is due to a Latin phonetic rule involving unaccented syllables in compounds.


n. 1 The act or process of acquiring. 2 The thing acquired or gained; a gain.

  1. n. the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something; "the acquisition of wealth"; "the acquisition of one company by another"

  2. something acquired; "a recent acquisition by the museum"

  3. the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge; "the child's acquisition of language" [syn: learning]

  4. an ability that has been acquired by training [syn: skill, accomplishment, acquirement, attainment]

Acquisition (software)

Acquisition is a Gnutella-based peer-to-peer client designed specifically for Mac OS X. It supports BitTorrent and is based on LimeWire. A shareware product, it is priced from $25. Acquisition is noted more for its focus on user interface and integration with Mac OS X than for its originality in features, although it makes full use of Apple's Cocoa APIs, and integrates with iTunes.

Acquisition uses parts of the LimeWire core libraries, licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). The graphical user interface and the open source, modified LimeWire core run as separate processes, communicating via Unix pipes, which allows parts of the software to be relicensed. This follows in the footsteps of the precedent set by Apple's proprietary Xcode suite, which relies on open source components such as gcc and gdb.

Although Acquisition uses parts of LimeWire code, it continued to work after LimeWire's decision to disable its client. It was able to do so because the code that allowed Limewire to disable their software was absent, as it was from its sister programs Cabos and FrostWire, among others.

Acquisition (Star Trek: Enterprise)

"Acquisition" is the nineteenth episode of the first season of the American science fiction television seriesStar Trek: Enterprise that originally aired on March 27, 2002, on UPN. The episode was developed into a teleplay by Maria and Andre Jacquemetton from a story by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, and was directed by James Whitmore, Jr.. Set in the 22nd century, the series follows the adventures of the first Starfleet starship, Enterprise, registration NX-01. In this episode, a group of interstellar alien thieves knock out the Enterprise crew and begin looting the ship. Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III ( Connor Trinneer) is the only one left to stop them.

The Ferengi first appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Last Outpost", and first contact with the race was described in "The Battle", which meant that "Acquisition" attempted to not alter that. In addition, a Ferengi language was developed by the writers which was based on French. The episode also had a number of guest stars who had previously appeared in Star Trek; Clint Howard, Ethan Phillips and Jeffrey Combs. It was poorly received by critics, but according to the Nielsen ratings, it received a 5.2/6% audience share during broadcast.


Acquisition may refer to:

  • Takeover, the acquisition of a company
  • Mergers and acquisitions, strategy of buying and selling of various companies to quickly grow a company
  • Procurement, the acquisition of goods or services at the best possible total cost of ownership
    • Military acquisition, the process of acquiring products for national defence
    • Library acquisitions, the department of a library responsible for obtaining books
  • Acquisition (forensic process), the creation of a disk image for use in digital forensics
  • Acquisition stage, the time during which a conditional response first appears and when it increases in frequency
  • as a proper name
    • Acquisition (software), a Gnutella-based peer-to-peer and BitTorrent client for Mac OS X
    • "Acquisition" (Star Trek: Enterprise), the 18th episode of the television series Star Trek: Enterprise

Usage examples of "acquisition".

She knows that she must acquiesce in the ambitious acquisitions of the present Napoleon, or else encounter his hostility.

The reduction of the kingdom of Osrhoene was an acquisition of less splendor indeed, but of a far more solid advantage.

With the acquisition of a superfluous waste of fertile soil, the conquerors obtained the command of a naval force, sufficient to transport their armies to the coast of Asia.

The acquisition of knowledge, the exercise of our reason or fancy, and the cheerful flow of unguarded conversation, may employ the leisure of a liberal mind.

The life of Pliny had been employed in the acquisition of learning, and in the business of the world.

Whatever advantages might be derived from the acquisition of an Imperial proselyte, he was distinguished by the splendor of his purple, rather than by the superiority of wisdom, or virtue, from the many thousands of his subjects who had embraced the doctrines of Christianity.

Cyril, who, since his death, has been honored with the title of Saint, were displayed in the exercise, rather than in the acquisition, of his episcopal dignity.

He justly observes, that in the recent changes, both religions had been alternately disgraced by the seeming acquisition of worthless proselytes, of those votaries of the reigning purple, who could pass, without a reason, and without a blush, from the church to the temple, and from the altars of Jupiter to the sacred table of the Christians.

The acquisition of Modar, a prince of the royal blood of the Amali, gave a bold and faithful champion to the cause of Rome.

The acquisition of riches served only to stimulate the avarice of the rapacious Barbarians, who proceeded, by threats, by blows, and by tortures, to force from their prisoners the confession of hidden treasure.

Armenia: and a territorial acquisition, which Augustus might have despised, reflected some lustre on the declining empire of the younger Theodosius.

Phocas does not appear less hateful in the exercise than in the acquisition of power.

After their civil and domestic wars, the subjects of the Abbassides, awakening from this mental lethargy, found leisure and felt curiosity for the acquisition of profane science.

Justinian was enlarged by the splendid acquisition of Africa and Italy.

In the petty quarrels of Europe, they shed the blood of their friends and countrymen, for the acquisition perhaps of a castle or a village.