acquaint

verb ac·quaint \ ə-ˈkwānt \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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.

Examples of acquaint in a Sentence

  1. This class is designed to acquaint students with the region's most important writers.

  2. Mr. King spent the first week of the summer internship acquainting everyone with the new computers.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of 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


ACQUAINT Defined for English Language Learners

acquaint

verb

Definition of acquaint for English Language Learners

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


ACQUAINT Defined for Kids

acquaint

verb ac·quaint \ ə-ˈkwānt \

Definition of acquaint for Students

acquainted; acquainting
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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