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 In advance of the UConn men’s basketball team’s move to the Big East, The Courant will acquaint fans with the Huskies’ 10 new league opponents — some of them established rivals from the league’s previous incarnations, others less familiar foes. Dom Amore,, "UConn rivals old and new: LaVall Jordan’s powerful Butler program, and historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, await Huskies in new Big East," 5 Aug. 2020 Andrew put this story together quickly to acquaint everyone with the people at the center of the case. cleveland, "Our newsroom faced a big test. You be the judge: How did we do? Letter from the Editor," 1 Aug. 2020 Horseplayers have now become acquainted with a place called Fonner Park, in Grand Island, Nebraska. Paul Brownfield, The New Yorker, "Shecky Greene’s Horse Habit," 18 May 2020 Part of the trick to minimizing your dog’s anxiety is to acquaint him with the nail-trimming process from an early age — and to keep exposing him to the process continually along with positive associations. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, "How to Properly Trim Your Dog's Nails, According to Veterinarians," 20 Apr. 2020 The batterymates quickly became acquainted with each other in Class A Wisconsin and Class A Advanced Carolina. Jenna Ortiz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers prospect Clayton Andrews hoping to make his mark as a two-way player," 20 Feb. 2020 The foundation has launched public health campaigns, like Ask Again, which encourages Indians to acquaint themselves with the symptoms of depression. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Deepika Padukone Credits Her Mother for Helping Her Seek Help for Depression," 18 Oct. 2019 Hopefully, Johnson became extra acquainted with the Jugs machine during his time on the practice squad in an attempt to sure up his hands. John Owning, Dallas News, "A way-too-early Dallas Cowboys roster projection: Is DT Trysten Hill’s spot already in jeopardy?," 1 May 2020 There are countless things to learn about, or acquaint oneself with, in this crowded world. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Discovering Manuel Mena," 16 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of acquaint was in the 14th century

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8 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Acquaint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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