acquirement

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From acquire +‎ -ment.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /əˈkwaɪə(ɹ)mənt/
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Noun[edit]

acquirement (countable and uncountable, plural acquirements)

  1. (now rare, chiefly in the plural) Something that has been acquired; an attainment or accomplishment. [from 17th c.]
    • 1630, John Hayward, The Life, and Riagne of King Edward the Sixt, London: John Partridge, p. 4,[1]
      [] his acquirements by industrie were [] enriched and enlarged by many excellent endowments of nature.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, London: for the author, Volume 1, Letter 27, p. 177,[2]
      If she can think, that the part she has had in your education, and your own admirable talents and acquirements, are to be thrown away upon such a worthless creature as Solmes, I could heartily quarrel with her.
    • 1838, Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, London: Richard Bentley, Volume 1, Chapter 18, p. 305,[3]
      [] there was a degree of deference in his deportment toward that young gentleman which seemed to indicate that he felt himself conscious of a slight inferiority in point of genius and professional acquirements.
  2. The act or fact of acquiring something; acquisition. [from 17th c.]
    • 1712 June 30, Joseph Addison; Richard Steele, “THURSDAY, June 19, 1712 [Julian calendar]”, in The Spectator, number 409; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, [], volume V, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697:
      [] rules for the acquirement of a taste []
    • 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 […].
    • 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