verb \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


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