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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Antigua and Townes became acquainted when Antigua was a Kentucky assistant coach recruiting Townes’ high school teammate Karl-Anthony Towns. Shannon Ryan,, "Loyola's Marques Townes joins Dominican Republic national team," 5 July 2018 Tension and relief — something she's acquainted with having grown up as the tension her entire life. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Nanette Is The Netflix Special That's Going To Change Comedy — & The World," 27 June 2018 A few years ago, Newsome became acquainted with Americana stalwart Jim Lauderdale through his friendship with Stanley. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "Frank Newsome Muses on Faith, Geography and the Past on His New Record, 'Gone Away With a Friend'," 22 June 2018 First Marcell recalled a man with whom she was acquainted while working at the mall. Adam Carlson,, "Years After a High School Senior Was Nearly Beaten to Death, Hypnosis Helped Her ID the Suspect," 15 June 2018 Gadsby’s performance is a tour de force in confrontation Gadsby spends the first 17 minutes of Nanette acquainting her audience with her identity. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why Hannah Gadsby’s searing comedy special Nanette has upended comedy for good," 5 July 2018 Martin said future meetings will likely focus on a specific issue, but the first one was for getting acquainted. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "Wethersfield Women For Progress Goes Public," 15 May 2018 An easy way to get acquainted with their work and point of view is to follow them on Twitter. Nina Metz,, "Who gets to tell us what’s good at the movies? White men, apparently," 14 June 2018 The Jam’s new coaching staff went out one evening to get acquainted with their new colleagues. Jake Fischer,, "George Galanopoulos's Unlikely Journey From Basketball Dreamer to Uganda Head Coach," 13 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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Phrases Related to acquaint

acquaint oneself with

get better acquainted

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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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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