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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Residents are well acquainted with local police and the dozens of bicycle-riding community service officers hired each summer to help with parking and related issues. Todd Wallack,, "For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise," 14 July 2018 This museum’s festival will acquaint young visitors with the region’s stories, arts and traditions, focusing on the joys of carnival. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 The 94-year-old dog lover and his new service dog — a yellow Labrador retriever named Sully — got acquainted Monday at the Bush compound on the coast in Maine. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Former president George H.W. Bush welcomes service dog named Sully, shows off Bill Clinton socks," 25 June 2018 There aren’t many reasons to become acquainted with the day-to-day lives of unimportant NPCs, so these routines are easy to miss. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Red Dead Redemption 2 player reveals the surprisingly complex lives of NPCs," 10 Nov. 2018 As long as everybody involved is acquainted with each other, these movies tend to treat those rapes as harmless hijinks. Constance Grady, Vox, "The rape culture of the 1980s, explained by Sixteen Candles," 27 Sep. 2018 With butler service included for all rooms, checking in and getting acquainted with your suite is a breeze. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 In addition, they often aren’t acquainted with military and veterans’ culture., "Veterans’ Families Also Suffer From The Wounds Of War," 12 July 2018 Browar-Jarus was accused of secretly video taping an unidentified woman, with whom he was acquainted, in 2015. Adam Sennott,, "Somerville man sentenced to jail for secretly recording women," 29 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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