verb ac·quaint \ə-ˈkwānt\

: to cause (someone) to know and become familiar with something

Full Definition of ACQUAINT

transitive verb
:  to cause to know personally <was acquainted with the mayor>
:  to make familiar :  cause to know firsthand

Examples of ACQUAINT

  1. This class is designed to acquaint students with the region's most important writers.
  2. <Mr. King spent the first week of the summer internship acquainting everyone with the new computers.>

Origin of ACQUAINT

Middle English, from Anglo-French acuinter, aquaynter, from Old French acoins familiar, from Latin accognitus, past participle of accognoscere to recognize, from ad- + cognoscere to know — more at cognition
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ACQUAINT

inform, acquaint, apprise, notify mean to make one aware of something. inform implies the imparting of knowledge especially of facts or occurrences <informed us of the crisis>. acquaint lays stress on introducing to or familiarizing with <acquaint yourself with the keyboard>. apprise implies communicating something of special interest or importance <keep us apprised of the situation>. notify implies sending notice of something requiring attention or demanding action <notified the witness when to appear>.
ACQUAINT Defined for Kids


verb ac·quaint \ə-ˈkwānt\

Definition of ACQUAINT for Kids

:  to cause to know personally <They became acquainted at school.>
:  to make familiar <The supervisor acquainted them with their duties.>


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