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Definition of Acquisition

Acquisition has two meanings in business.

In some cases, an acquisition refers to the acquiring of supplies or services by the federal government with appropriated funds through purchase or lease.

A more commonly used definition refers to taking ownership of another business. In this case, acquisition defines the process of gaining control, possession or ownership of a private portfolio company by an operating company or conglomerate. In this usage, the term is frequently used in conjunction with the word merger, as in mergers and acquisitions or M&As.

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