ac·​quaint | \ ə-ˈkwānt How to pronounce acquaint (audio) \
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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Long before the rise of the Borgias, therefore, this was an institution well-acquainted with embarrassment. The Economist, "The most scandalous popes in history," 29 June 2019 At some point during her travels, Rainey became acquainted with a young Bessie Smith, who was then performing as a chorus girl, and became Smith’s mentor. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Ma Rainey, the ‘Mother of the Blues’," 12 June 2019 Jackson came to the panel well-acquainted with Brown’s career. Mark Inabinett |,, "Eddie Jackson ‘ready to chase greatness’ with Chicago Bears," 17 June 2019 Through that encounter Ardon not only became acquainted with DeLorean but befriended his children, relationships that years later would prove helpful when Ardon started working on a documentary about their father. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville native's passion for all things DeLorean leads to documentary on the iconic car designer starring Alec Baldwin," 14 June 2019 Thomas Rhett’s new album Center Point Road has been out for less than a week, but his Nashville pals appear to be already well acquainted with it. Nancy Kruh,, "From Impromptu Dancing to Sweet Cuddles: Here's What You Didn't See on TV at the 2019 CMT Awards," 6 June 2019 The pair have reportedly been acquainted since 2015, when Chesky was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurshiop, a company statement read. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Obama make fans swoon during San Francisco visit," 26 May 2018 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, flying to Riyadh at short notice to bring some order to the chaos, is well acquainted with the hard facts of the Middle East. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Don’t Ditch Riyadh in a Fit of Righteousness," 15 Oct. 2018 There’s no love lost between the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks, a pair of Californian teams that are well acquainted with one another. Michael Blinn,, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Crosby, Penguins Rout Flyers in Postseason Opener," 12 Apr. 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

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


ac·​quaint | \ ə-ˈkwānt How to pronounce acquaint (audio) \
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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