ac·​quaint·​ed | \ ə-ˈkwān-təd How to pronounce acquainted (audio) \

Definition of acquainted

1 : having personal knowledge of something : having seen or experienced something + witha lawyer who is well acquainted with the facts in this caseI'm not acquainted with her books.
2 : having met : being known to and having knowledge of someone two people who are not yet acquainted They spent the afternoon getting acquainted (with each other).

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Recent Examples on the Web During the 2019 Probatoire, several of the candidates were already well acquainted with risk in the Alps. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 The piece — part lecture, part performance — is an ideal occasion to become better acquainted with one of the 20th century’s most innovative, influential and iconoclastic dramatists. Los Angeles Times, "The best theater to see in L.A. this fall," 11 Sep. 2019 The limited viewing time will allow the cub to become acquainted with his new surroundings, Kubié said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver Zoo’s newest lion cub makes public appearance to chorus of “ahhs”," 18 Sep. 2019 As the official season for cooking outdoors, summer is often when home chefs become well acquainted with grills. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "How to Clean a Grill Without Soap and Water," 14 Aug. 2019 The world will become acquainted with such hidden gems of Tokyo next year when the city stages the Summer Olympics. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Homeless crisis could be the Fukushima of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics," 12 Aug. 2019 As if the rivals weren’t well acquainted enough. Don’t expect Kenny Wheaton’s iconic play from 1994 to be shown inside Husky Stadium., "Oregon opponent early scouting report: Washington," 16 July 2019 Kiawah Island is a small community of well-acquainted friends and neighbors and this loss will be felt by the entire community. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "South Carolina authorities hunt for alligator after man found dead with "bad bite wounds"," 24 June 2019 By then, theoretical physicists were well acquainted with black holes — the dark star idea translated into Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "The Fuzzball Fix for a Black Hole Paradox," 23 June 2015

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First Known Use of acquainted

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for acquainted

Middle English acointet, aqueynted, past participle of acoynten, aqueynten, "to acquaint"

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The first known use of acquainted was in the 13th century

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“Acquainted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of acquainted

formal : having knowledge about something : having seen or experienced something
: having met : knowing each other in a personal or social way

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