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 + with a 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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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 This role quickly helped her become intimately acquainted with the greater Houston area. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor of the Week: Nicole Brende has been in real estate for almost a decade," 9 June 2019 Basically, her attitude is a really relatable mood: Kylie's baby has also become well acquainted with her little cousins, Chicago West and True Thompson. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Wears Skintight PVC Again, and Baby Stormi's Silver Party Dress Will Slay You," 22 Sep. 2018 Listeners are well acquainted with my right-of-center viewpoint, and quite frankly, exchanging high fives and attaboys in an echo chamber makes for a pretty boring afternoon drive. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Conservative Radio Host: How I Got Pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen," 12 July 2018 Regardless, one of the Comstockers Clemens had become acquainted with was the quiet, industrious, up-and-coming, and largely abstemious Irishman who superintended the Milton mine — John Mackay. Gregory Crouch, Time, "Mark Twain Claimed He Got His Pen Name From a Riverboat Captain. He May Have Actually Gotten It in a Saloon," 19 June 2018 But the novel as a whole suggests that Clinton is all too well acquainted with resentment against carping critics and burdensome bureaucracies. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "Bill Clinton’s Novel Isn't a Thriller—It's a Fantasy," 16 June 2018 Miller is well acquainted to Afghanistan’s problems. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Trump's Pick to Oversee Afghanistan Could Signal a New Approach," 23 May 2018

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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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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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