acquaint

verb
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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Joel also appreciates that Nikki exists on a show for young people, who get to acquaint themselves with trans people and stories through a positive, fun, and multidimensional character. Olivia Zayas Ryan, refinery29.com, 3 Aug. 2022 Narrating your activities will acquaint your child with human speech and language. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 Narrating your activities will acquaint your child with human speech and language. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 21 July 2022 Narrating your activities will acquaint your child with human speech and language. cleveland, 21 July 2022 Narrating your activities will acquaint your child with human speech and language. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 2022 The job — and the era’s harsh realities — acquaint her intimately with the countless, sometimes freakish ways a life can end. Alice Mcdermott, New York Times, 22 June 2022 As people drool over the supercool trailer for Jim Jarmusch’s upcoming zombie film, The Dead Don’t Die, take the chance to acquaint yourself with his early work, starting with this 1984 breakthrough, starring John Lurie and Richard Edson. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 2 Nov. 2021 Streaming from their home in Kraków and wearing traditional garb, Monika and Tomasz will acquaint you with their grandmother’s recipe for Poland’s favorite stuffed dumpling: the pierogi. Bon Appétit, 13 May 2022 See More

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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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“Acquaint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acquaint. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for acquaint

acquaint

verb
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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