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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 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 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 previewDistributed Intelligence In Design (2011)

by Tuba Kocatürk, Benachir Medjdoub

Knowledge acquisition is a process of acquiring problem-solving knowledge from human experts, literature, computer...

Knowledge acquisition is an expensive and time-consuming process, and good knowledge engineers are hard to find.

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

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

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 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 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 previewThe Acquisition of the Lexicon (1994)

by Lila R. Gleitman, Barbara Landau

especially engaging when they are considered in light of the normative pattern of early lexical acquisition. (See Nelson, 1988, for a review of this pattern; also see Gopnik and Choi, 1990, for a suggestion that this pattern may not obtain in the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Language Acquisition:A Comprehensive Overview of Key Terms in First and Second 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 ofa language other thanthe firstone (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

Theories and Second Language Acquisition Research Alan Juffs. Chapter. 1. Linguistic. Theory,. Language. Acquisition,. and. the. Lexicon. UG [Universal grammar] must be sufficiently constrained and restrictive in the options it permits so as ...

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).

Google previewEncyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry (2010)

Recent applications of Hadamard-encoded NMR spectroscopy have shown increased time resolution resulting from very fast spectral acquisition, while maintaining the spectroscopic resolution associated with 2D spectra.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Linguistics (2013)

by Philipp Strazny

Acquisition Acquisition Theories Bilingual Acquisition Developmental Stages Language Socialization Second Language: Learning AFROASIATIC LANGUAGES Amharic and Ethiopian Semitic Languages Arabic Aramaic ...

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Sign language

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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