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acquaint

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verb ac·quaint \ə-ˈkwānt\

Simple Definition of acquaint

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

Full Definition of acquaint

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to know personally <was acquainted with the mayor>

  3. 2 :  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

acquaint

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verb ac·quaint \ə-ˈkwānt\

Definition of acquaint

ac·quaint·edac·quaint·ing

  1. 1 :  to cause to know personally <They became acquainted at school.>

  2. 2 :  to make familiar <The supervisor acquainted them with their duties.>





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