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  • From the fifth grade onward, most vocabulary acquisition occurs incidentally while reading.
  • Her primary focus is on the acquisition of money and the things it can buy.
  • The donation permitted the acquisition of several paintings by Picasso.
  • The company has not been as good since its acquisition by the large corporation.

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  • The acquisition of wisdom will come through his training.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Most of it has been consumed with the acquisition of food.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Jem took no pleasure in his acquisition; he jammed it in his pocket and walked silently beside me toward home.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • To such a professional body Roger Chillingworth was a brilliant acquisition.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I ardently desired the acquisition of knowledge.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • …she imposed unwittingly on the old lady and gentleman by her ingenious cordiality; gained the admiration of Isabella, and the heart and soul of her brother: acquisitions that flattered her from the first — for she was full of ambition — and led her to adopt a double character without exactly intending to deceive any one.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • He advised my attending certain places in London, for the acquisition of such mere rudiments as I wanted, and my investing him with the functions of explainer and director of all my studies.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • True, they had money and power, but only at the cost of harbouring in their breasts an eagle, a vulture, forever tearing the liver out and plucking at the lungs—the instinct for possession, the rage for acquisition which drives them to desire other people’s fields and goods perpetually; to make frontiers and flags; battleships and poison gas; to offer up their own lives and their children’s lives.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • I declare he is that strange acquisition my late neighbour made, in his journey to Liverpool — a little Lascar, or an American or Spanish castaway.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The Instructors of Threes were in charge of the acquisition of correct language.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • At the meeting where Asher was discussed, we retold many of the stories that we all remembered from his days of language acquisition.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • However, my proudest acquisition was a dark blue cloak that I had bought off a fripperer’s cart for only three jots.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Run along now while f show off my new acquisition.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Like his host, Mr. Field was an art collector, and the conversation drifted toward the subject of acquisitions.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He much preferred the acquisitions end— you know, going to auction —or being in the shop and chatting up the customers.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • As your newest acquisition battered both of them.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • "At any rate," murmured he, "if it be, so much the better, for I have made a rare acquisition."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • So this seemed a good … how do you say … first acquisition in this country.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • ; and he walks off, with his acquisition, in another direction.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • In the middle of the table, Mrs. Weasley was arguing with Bill about his earring, which seemed to be a recent acquisition.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • He would be a valuable acquisition with such an assistant as Nancy, and must (thus Fagin argued) be secured without delay.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Artemis was perhaps the only person alive who could take full advantage of his recent acquisition.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • From the mid-1970s to the end of the 1980s, the amount of money involved in mergers and acquisitions every year on Wall Street increased 2,000 percent, peaking at almost a quarter of a trillion dollars.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • He is of a studious habit, and unusually energetic; he applies himself with great ardour to the acquisition of professional knowledge, to the conducting of experiments, to many things.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • He regards the acquisition of material objects as the only goal of existence-and he laughs at the need to consider their purpose or their source.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Harvard dropout Bill Gates had returned to his alma mater to lend to the museum one of his priceless acquisitions—eighteen sheets of paper he had recently purchased at auction from the Armand Hammar Estate.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I fell in love with his books, filled as they were with not only great adventures but scientists and engineers who considered the acquisition of knowledge to be the greatest pursuit of mankind.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • It was not, therefore, difficult for a row to blow up, and the latest one occurred over Angus’ acquisition of a pair of great-horses.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Some wished to return at once to Falconhurst, to cook and taste our new acquisition; but this I overruled, and we continued our march, heavily laden, but delighted.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • We waited, Melanie tensed as if to run, while he lifted our acquisitions into the car.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • It was like Gerald that he never wasted regrets on his lack of height and never found it an obstacle to his acquisition of anything he wanted.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "I could only think that the reason Aro had decided to come himself, to bring so many with him, is because his goal is not punishment but acquisition," Eleazar said.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The sudden acquisition of ten thousand pounds was the most remarkable charm of the young lady to whom he was now rendering himself agreeable; but Elizabeth, less clear-sighted perhaps in this case than in Charlotte’s, did not quarrel with him for his wish of independence.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The insurance on her ruined computer would cover a good part of the price, but with the warranty and the higher price of her new acquisition, she was still 18,000 kronor short.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • While Mary drew, Diana pursued a course of encyclopaedic reading she had (to my awe and amazement) undertaken, and I fagged away at German, he pondered a mystic lore of his own: that of some Eastern tongue, the acquisition of which he thought necessary to his plans.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • A few months later, the Getty’s curator of antiquities, Marion True, wrote a long, glowing account of the museum’s acquisition for the art journal The Burlington Magazine.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Donovan again laid his hand on his chest and said: —Our end is the acquisition of knowledge.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The farm ranchers in Finney County, of which Holcomb is a part, have done well; money has been made not from farming alone but also from the exploitation of plentiful natural-gas resources, and its acquisition is reflected in the new school, the comfortable interiors of the farmhouses, the steep and swollen grain elevators.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Remember, as many commentators have said about the Persephone myth, it encompasses theyouthful female experience, the archetypal acquisition of knowledge of sexuality and of death.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Sir John was delighted; for to a man, whose prevailing anxiety was the dread of being alone, the acquisition of two, to the number of inhabitants in London, was something.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • The Eleven Kings were ready to fight their sovereign in the Norman way—in the foxhunting way of Henry the Second and of his sons—for sport and acquisition and without the real intention of doing each other a personal injury.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Our manhood was denned by acquisitions.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • His steadiness, his freedom from all dissipation, his incessant industry (except when he chose to throw himself into a standing revery behind his screen), his great, stillness, his unalterableness of demeanor under all circumstances, made him a valuable acquisition.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • And as to any fresh acquisition, he intended to become master of Tuscany, for he already possessed Perugia and Piombino, and Pisa was under his protection.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Viktor will guard us from imperialist intruders, and we will conduct a four-day acquisition and tracking drill, with him hunting us—if he can.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
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