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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Choose the Right Synonym for acquaint

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 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 As mentioned above, the Medicare Plan Finder has been updated, which means seniors may need extra time to become acquainted with the new service. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "Medicare open enrollment 2020: Skipping this step, or rushing through, could cost you," 31 Oct. 2019 Early on in their investigation, detectives revealed Nalani’s father had become romantically acquainted with Nancy in the months before the toddler’s abduction and death. Chris Harris,, "Toddler Girl Was Allegedly Killed by Rideshare Driver Who Had 'Romantic Relationship' With Her Dad," 29 Oct. 2019 Furió, a 56-year-old documentary filmmaker, became acquainted with tango as a child., "“Tango is a caricature of the patriarchy,” she added.," 6 Oct. 2019 The reasoning, he was told, is to give him chance to become acquainted with left field because the team could begin using Bellinger, who boasts better range, in center field more frequently. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers making a change for the playoffs, and Cody Bellinger is at the center of it," 3 Sep. 2019 To learn more and get acquainted with Libby, visit here., "Digital Bookmobile makes stop in South Euclid to promote ebooks, audiobooks," 17 July 2019 In at least one case, Andrew used his private apartment at Buckingham Palace to get acquainted with women Maxwell found for him among her high-society connections, the Daily Beast reported. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Prince Andrew had Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged ‘madam’ bring women to Buckingham Palace, report says," 12 July 2019 So this is as good a time as any to get acquainted with the powerful new gene-editing technology known as CRISPR. Brad Plumer, Vox, "A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the decade," 23 July 2018

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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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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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