ac·​quaint | \ə-ˈkwānt \
acquainted; acquainting; acquaints

Definition of acquaint 

transitive verb

1 : to cause to know personally was acquainted with the mayor

2 : to make familiar : to cause to know firsthand acquainting the new employees with their responsibilities She took a few days to acquaint herself with the facts of the case.

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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of acquaint in a Sentence

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

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Anyone acquainted with Cook’s story understood why he was moved to tears. Connor Letourneau,, "Quinn Cook: How Warriors guard found his niche in NBA," 29 June 2018 Unseen and rarely heard, Ms. McMillion Sheldon, a West Virginia native intimately acquainted with victims of opioid abuse, paints faces on increasingly depressing statistics. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: For These ‘Recovery Boys,’ Sobriety Is a Steep Climb," 28 June 2018 Faiyaz, whose father is part Dominican, chose Puerto Plata in an attempt to get acquainted with his roots. Sonaiya Kelley,, "Brent Faiyaz on Sonder's origins, album 'Sonder Son' and why he only spent 20 minutes at the Grammys," 4 Apr. 2018 The Trumps and the queen were scheduled to spend about 30 minutes getting acquainted but the visit extended past 45 minutes. Julie Hirschfeld Davis,, "In changing of tone, Trump heaps praise on May as ‘tough’ and ‘capable’," 13 July 2018 Even readers deeply acquainted with these tales will need a score card to keep up. Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘To the Ends of the Earth,’ an ambitious attempt to encompass era of polar exploration," 7 July 2018 The newest Kim had to work quickly to acquaint the country with the notion of him in this new role and consolidate his rule among his late father's cohorts. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "Who is Kim Jong Un? Separating myth from fact," 5 June 2018 In three months on the job, Mack has slowly acquainted himself with the former players. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Chris Mack is making former Louisville basketball players feel welcome," 2 July 2018 Chicago is just getting to know Bulls top pick Wendell Carter Jr., so here are a few facts to help acquaint you with the 6-foot-10 19-year-old from Georgia. 1. Tim Bannon,, "7 surprising things about Wendell Carter Jr., the Bulls top pick," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of acquaint

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acquaint

Middle English acoynten, aqueynten, borrowed from Anglo-French acuinter, acointer, aqueinter, going back to Vulgar Latin *accognitāre, frequentative formation from the base of Latin accognōscere "to recognize," from ad- ad- + cognōscere "to get to know" — more at cognition, quaint

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English Language Learners Definition of acquaint

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


ac·​quaint | \ə-ˈkwānt \
acquainted; acquainting

Kids Definition of acquaint

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

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

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