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 This spritz is a simple way to acquaint yourself with it. Washington Post, 14 July 2021 Much more tolerable to force the fear, to try to acquaint myself with terror. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 To acquaint you with the function of your diaphragm, place your hands on your lower ribs. Dana Santas, CNN, 23 June 2021 Someday the juveniles in the household will acquaint themselves within the many different types of guys that populate Carrie Bradshaw’s New York, but not yet. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 21 June 2021 As vaccines continue to flow and the possibility of international travel begins to appear on the horizon, now is the perfect time to acquaint yourself with some of the nation’s most iconic beverages. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 31 May 2021 One recently hired injector’s first month of appointments filled up almost immediately, Oslinker said, without any of the marketing and patience that is usually necessary to acquaint clients with a new provider’s skills. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 7 Apr. 2021 Staff will also feed the joeys eucalyptus species from their target release site to acquaint the koalas’ taste buds with the new food source. Gloria Dickie, Scientific American, 2 Mar. 2021 Simon created his reduction in the spirit of Arnold Schoenberg’s Society for Private Music Performances, a club that Schoenberg founded in 1918 to acquaint listeners with modern music. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 26 Feb. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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