acquirement

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From acquire +‎ -ment.

Noun[edit]

acquirement ‎(plural acquirements)

  1. (now rare, chiefly in the plural) Something that has been acquired; an attainment or accomplishment. [from 17th c.]
    • (Can we date this quote?) Hayward?:
      [] his acquirements by industry were [] enriched and enlarged by many excellent endowments of nature []
  2. The act or fact of acquiring something; acquisition. [from 17th c.]
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein:
      One man's life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought […].
    • (Can we date this quote?) Joseph Addison:
      [] rules for the acquirement of a taste []
    • 1952, Annual report of the Chief of Engineers U.S. Army
      At best, a considerable time elapses between authorization and land acquirement, during which land values may vary impredictably.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (act of acquiring, or that which is acquired): acquisition