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 Wells, who was in the rotation at Bowie with Kremer and has never made a relief appearance in 86 affiliated appearances, is using his time in the fall league to get acquainted with coming out of the bullpen. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles pitching prospects Dean Kremer, Alex Wells standing out while developing in Arizona Fall League," 25 Oct. 2019 One of the most common ways for people to get acquainted with meditation these days is through their smartphones, said Gehrman. Bethany Ao,, "Stressed-out college students are sleeping less than ever. Meditation apps claim to help," 21 Oct. 2019 Take a boat ride Bordeaux is a port city, after all, and a cruise along the chocolate milky Garonne river (which flows onward to Toulouse and then the Spanish border) is a marvelous way to get acquainted with the area. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "What to Do, See, and Eat in Bordeaux," 12 Oct. 2019 Myers won a $1,000 cash prize and is now in the running for California Teacher of the Year.(Courtesy of Guy Myers) Burroughs High School teacher Guy Myers is certainly acquainted with winning awards. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "Burroughs High’s ‘Guy’ named a Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year," 23 Sep. 2019 Hike between mountain villages, meet nuns and monks at temples and fortress monasteries, and get acquainted with farmers, artists, local leaders, and Bhutanese youth. National Geographic, "Bhutan Expedition: Journey to the Last Himalayan Kingdom," 20 Sep. 2019 Multiple teams of artists and animators collaborated on the project through a series of workshops at the Burbank studio’s VR lab, where each team became better acquainted with VR animation and storytelling tools. Los Angeles Times, "Cartoon Network’s new VR game will let players pick a cosmic journey," 17 Sep. 2019 Many of the tales will ring familiar to anyone acquainted with Motown history, or simply with access to Wikipedia. Mara Reinstein, Billboard, "'Hitsville: The Making of Motown' Is Stylish, Slick and Safe," 23 Aug. 2019 Before physical intimacy can be dealt with, Dr. Henry asserts the breast cancer survivor must become acquainted with their new norm. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "What Happens When Breast Cancer Affects Your Sex Life?," 6 Nov. 2019

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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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25 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Acquaint.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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