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Acquisition is a member of the word family acquire, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun acquisition

What does acquisition mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: acquisitions

  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

Alternative definition of the noun acquisition


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

Specialised definition of the noun acquisition

Glossary of sports

the development of a new skill, practice or way of doing things (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


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.

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  1. Acquisition a.k.a. Military acquisition is the bureaucratic management and procurement process dealing with a nation's investments in the technologies, programs, and product support necessary to achieve its national security strategy and support its armed forces. Its objective is to acquire products that satisfy specified needs and provide measurable improvement to mission capability at a fair and reasonable price.
  2. Acquisition: The process by which something is acquired or obtained.

Phrases with Acquisition

  1. Acquisition Debt
  2. acquisition agreement
  3. target acquisition system
  4. audio lingual acquisition

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acquisition

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Google previewUML for Developing Knowledge Management Systems (2005)

by Anthony J. Rhem

Knowledge acquisition is a form of requirements analysis, which plays a critical role in building quality software.

Google previewThe International Journal of Indian Psychology, Volume 3, Issue 3, No. 7 (2016)

by IJIP.In

A3 ABSTRACT Second-language acquisition, second-language learning, or L2 acquisition, is the process by which people learn a second language. The field of second-language acquisition is a sub discipline of applied linguistics, but also ...

Google previewSimulation based acquisition a new approach

However, an expanded definition of SBA is instructive: Simulation Based Acquisition is an iterative, integrated product and process approach to acquisition , using modeling and simulation, that enables the warfighting, resource allocation , and ...

Google previewShape Understanding System – Knowledge Implementation and Learning (2012)

by Zbigniew Les, Magdalena Les

Knowledge acquisition is the process of acquiring knowledge from one or more sources and passing it on in a suitable form to human or machine. This process usually involves learning, reformalizing, transferring and representing the ...

Google previewKnowledge-based Intelligent Information And Engineering Systems (2005)

9th International Conference, Kes 2005, Melbourne, Australia, September 14-16, 2005, Proceedings by Rajiv Khosla

Modelling support for knowledge acquisition is a tool for modelling domain knowledge.

Introduction Knowledge acquisition is the process of capturing the domain knowledge and transferring it from a source to a knowledge system [4 ].

Google previewTesting of Defense Systems in an Evolutionary Acquisition Environment (2006)

by Oversight Committee for the Workshop on Testing for Dynamic Acquisition of Defense Systems, Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council

Evolutionary acquisition is a Department of Defense (DoD) process for defense system development in which a system is...

Google previewComputational and Statistical Approaches to Genomics (2007)

by Wei Zhang, Ilya Shmulevich

Introduction Data acquisition is the critical first step in microarray studies to profile gene expression. Successful data acquisition depends on obtaining consistent signals above the level of the background noise on the microarray. Many factors ...

Google previewThe Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st-Century Schools (2012)

by Mariale M. Hardiman

Language acquisition is a particularly important area in which researchers have proposed the existence of a critical period. Much of this work is based on studies of feral children who, due to abandonment or abuse, were not exposed to ...

Google previewAdvances on Data Mining: Applications and Theoretical Aspects (2011)

11th Industrial Conference, ICDM 2011, New York, NY, USA, August 30 – September 3, 2011, Proceedings by Petra Perner

Data acquisition is the first and one of the most important steps in many data mining applications. It is a time consuming and costly task. Acquiring an insufficient number of examples makes the learned model and future prediction inaccurate, ...

Google previewThe Electrical Engineering Handbook (2004)

by Wai Kai Chen

Knowledge acquisition is a difficult and time-consuming task...

Google previewA Practical Guide to Fetal Echocardiography (2010)

Normal and Abnormal Hearts by Alfred Abuhamad, Rabih Chaoui

THREE-DIMENSIONAL VOLUME ACQUISITION The first step in 3-D volume acquisition is the optimization of the 2-D ultrasound examination, because the quality of the 3-D volume is dependent on the quality of the 2-D ultrasound ...

Google previewThe role of age in second language acquisition (2013)

Even if, second language acquisition is an independent discipline, it will be characterized through the comparison to first...

Google previewA Dictionary of Language Acquisition (2013)

A Comprehensive Overview of Key Terms in First and Second Language Acquisition by Hossein Tavakoli

Acquisition-Learning Hypothesis and ultimately the language as a whole. FIRST-LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (or child language acquisition) is the label usually given to the field of studies involved. The subject has involved the postulation of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Language Development (2014)

by Patricia J. Brooks, Vera Kempe

The term early second language acquisition usually refers to the child's acquisition of a language other than the first one (also called native language) during childhood. While the first language (L1) is normally acquired from birth through ...

Google previewLearnability and the Lexicon (1996)

Theories and second language acquisition research by Alan Juffs

Acquisition,. and. the. Lexicon. UG [Universal grammar] must be sufficiently constrained and restrictive in the options it permits so as to account for the fact that each of these grammars develops in the mind of on the basis of quite limited ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Semantics (2010)

by Keith Allan

Introduction Lexical acquisition is the production or augmentation of a lexicon for a natural language processing (NLP) system. The resultant lexicon is a resource like a computerized dictionary or thesaurus but in a format for machines rather ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1998)

Volume 39 - Supplement 24 - Entity Identification to Virtual Reality in Driving Simulation by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

ACQUISITION. PROBLEM. IN. MONOTONE. BOOLEAN. SYSTEMS. INTRODUCTION Learning is the main property that characterizes an intelligent system. As similar situations will usually appear again and again in a given environment, the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Local Government Law (1905)

Exclusive of the Metropolis

Apart from this general power of purchasing land, there are also a number of other statutes which impose duties on county councils and authorise the acquisition of land for the purposes thereof. The more important of such statutes are noted ...

Google previewMachine Translation and the Lexicon (1995)

Third International EAMT Workshop, Heidelberg, Germany, April 26-28, 1993. Proceedings by Petra Steffens

Acquisition. of. Multiword. Lexemes. Angelika Storrer1 and Ulrike Schwall2 1 University of Tubingen (Germany) 2 Sietec, Miinchen (Germany) Abstract. This paper deals with multiword lexemes (MWLs), focussing on two types of verbal MWLs: ...

Google previewWeaving a Lexicon (2004)

by D. Geoffrey Hall

Acquisition. in. Motion: A. Comparison. of. English. and. Spanish. Jill M. Hohenstein, Letitia R. Naigles, and Ann R. Eisenberg A: If Gertrudis had only known! The poor thing climbed up and down ten times, carrying buckets of water.

Google previewThe Multilingual Lexicon (2007)

by Jasone Cenoz, Britta Hufeisen, U. Jessner

as well as for the acquisition and organisation of the mental lexicon (Fay and Cutler, 1977; Peters, 1983).

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The acquisition of sign Language

Tarea "the acquisition of sign Language" Ana y Tiare.

Quotes about Acquisition

Education is not merely a means for earning a living or an instrument for the acquisition of wealth. "It is an initiation into life of spirit, a training of the human soul in the pursuit of truth and the practice of virtue. (Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit)
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Scrabble value of A1C3Q10U1I1S1I1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 11-letter word is 22 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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