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In engineering, the term acquisition has the following meanings:

1. In satellite communications, the process of locking tracking equipment on a signal from a communications satellite.

2. The process of achieving synchronization.

3. In servo systems, the process of entering the boundary conditions that will allow the servo loop to capture the signal and achieve lock-on.

Source: from Federal Standard 1037C and from MIL-STD-188

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