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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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 The Trumps and the queen were scheduled to spend about 30 minutes getting acquainted over tea inside the castle but the visit stretched past 45 minutes. Jill Colvin,, "After Trump’s tumult, time for tea with the queen," 13 July 2018 Their packed itinerary includes opening two major art exhibits and getting acquainted with the city and its historic sites. Rosemary Mcclure,, "Spanish royals will visit San Antonio to mark its tricentennial and celebrate landmark art exhibit," 12 June 2018 Get further acquainted with Native American contemporary stars at the in-house Gallery Chaco. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "12 Incredible Hotels for Art Lovers," 22 Jan. 2018 Ayers said her father shook O’Connor’s hand before the meeting started and had been acquainted with the man for years. Michelle L. Price, The Seattle Times, "Police search for motive in Nevada Mormon church shooting," 23 July 2018 They were only acquainted through friends of friends. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "Mom broken by death of DeKalb boy, 6, shot due to social media feud," 12 May 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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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