Definition of acquaint
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.
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.
Origin and Etymology of acquaint
Middle English, from Anglo-French acuinter, aquaynter, from Old French acoins familiar, from Latin accognitus, past participle of accognoscere to recognize, from ad- + cognoscere to know — more at cognition
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of acquaint
ACQUAINT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of acquaint for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to know and become familiar with something
ACQUAINT Defined for Kids
Definition of acquaint for Students
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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