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Definition obtaining possession of something; or the thing possessed
  • From the fifth grade onward, most vocabulary acquisition occurs incidentally while reading.
acquisition = obtaining (in this case, understanding of words)
  • Her primary focus is on the acquisition of money and the things it can buy.
  • acquisition = getting (obtaining possession)
  • The donation permitted the acquisition of several paintings by Picasso.
  • acquisition = obtaining (purchasing)
  • The company has not been as good since its acquisition by the large corporation.
  • acquisition = obtaining (taking ownership)
  • The acquisition of wisdom will come through his training.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • acquisition = possession (getting)
  • I ardently desired the acquisition of knowledge.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • acquisition = possession (to obtain or get)
  • 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
  • acquisition = getting (obtaining) things
  • 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
  • acquisition = thing he got (took possession of)
  • 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
  • acquisition = getting (obtaining)
  • The Instructors of Threes were in charge of the acquisition of correct language.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • acquisition = getting (obtaining)
  • 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
  • Be that as it may, he had directed Mrs. Pocket to be brought up from her cradle as one who in the nature of things must marry a title, and who was to be guarded from the acquisition of plebeian domestic knowledge.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Most of it has been consumed with the acquisition of food.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • acquisition = getting (obtaining)
  • To such a professional body Roger Chillingworth was a brilliant acquisition.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • acquisition = something obtained (taken into possession)
  • 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
  • acquisition = getting or obtaining
  • ...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
  • acquisitions = things obtained (gotten and possessed)
  • We lived in the same building, so I would nod to her when I passed the acquisitions desk, or when I met her at the door in the hallway.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • In 1805, after his Vice-Presidency, he made a voyage down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, to study the new acquisition of Louisiana.
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • Run along now while f show off my new acquisition.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • By this acquisition, Surda will nearly double in size.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance

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