acquisition


acquisition
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Act of obtaining
Nouns
1. (something acquired) acquisition, acquirement, accession, obtainment, procurement; collection, accumulation, amassing, gathering, reaping, gleaning, picking (up); trover. See receiving, possession, assemblage, store, addition.
2. (something acquired by force) seizure, confiscation, commandeering, attachment, appropriation, apprehension, expropriation, dispossession; abduction, kidnaping; annexation; stealing, theft.
3. (something stolen) haul, catch; windfall; spoils, plunder, loot, booty, payoff, split. Informal, pickings. Slang, the take, gravy, velvet.
4. (one who acquires) acquirer, obtainer, etc.; buyer, purchaser, vendee; inheritor, legatee; good bargainer or trader; winner, captor, thief. Informal, horsetrader.
5. (urge to acquire) acquisitiveness, ambition, hunger; covetousness, avarice; greed, voracity. See desire.
6. (tool for acquiring) claw, talon, pincer, tongs, pliers.
Verbs
1. acquire, get, find, gain, obtain, come by, dig up or out; secure, win, earn, pull down, realize, receive, take; collect, amass, reap, crop, gather, glean, scare or scrape up, scrape together; inherit, come in for, come by honestly; purchase. Informal, step into; get hold of, pick up, rake in. Slang, clean up, help oneself (to), line one's pockets or purse, score, rack up.
2. (acquire by force) appropriate, take over, assume, take possession of, commandeer, confiscate, expropriate, arrogate; annex, attach; preempt, usurp; catch, nab, bag, pocket; capture, seize; take away; grasp, clinch, clutch, grip, grab, snatch, seize, cop, snap up, lay hold of, lay one's hands on; beg, borrow, or steal. Slang, latch or glom on to, hook, snag, collar, corral, drum up, scare or scrape up.
Adjectives — acquisitive, avaricious, greedy, grasping, covetous; accessible, obtainable, to be had. Slang, on the make, grabby.
Phrases — you cannot get blood from a stone; if you don't speculate, you can't accumulate.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act of acquiring]
Syn. acquirement, acquiring, obtainment, attainment, procuring, procurement, procuration, purchase, recovery, retrieval, redemption, takeover, appropriation, accretion, addition, inheriting, winning, gaining.
2. [Anything acquired]
Syn. purchase, addition, inheritance, gift, donation, grant, gain, possession, property, belonging, asset, accomplishment, achievement, acquirement, accession, increment, profit, income, winnings, booty, proceeds, benefit, prize, reward, award, premium, bonus, fee, allowance, benefaction, patrimony, dividend, find*, catch*, buy*.
Ant. loss*, expenditure, penalty.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
attainment, procurement, acquirement, securing, purchase, gain, takeover, gift, proceed, grant, obtainment.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Something completed or attained successfully: accomplishment, achievement, acquirement, attainment, effort, feat. See DO. 2. Something tending to augment something else: accession, addition, augmentation. See INCREASE.

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