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1 to impart knowledge of a new thing or situation to
  • Mr. King spent the first week of the summer internship acquainting everyone with the new computers

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2 to give information to
  • his sailor friend acquainted him with the latest navigational aids for weekend yachtsmen

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3 to make (one person) known (to another) socially
  • hoping that someone would acquaint them with the new neighbors

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How does the verb acquaint differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of acquaint are apprise, inform, and notify. While all these words mean "to make one aware of something," acquaint lays stress on introducing to or familiarizing with.

acquaint yourself with the keyboard

When is apprise a more appropriate choice than acquaint?

The words apprise and acquaint are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, apprise implies communicating something of special interest or importance.

keep us apprised of the situation

Where would inform be a reasonable alternative to acquaint?

The synonyms inform and acquaint are sometimes interchangeable, but inform implies the imparting of knowledge especially of facts or occurrences.

informed us of the crisis

When would notify be a good substitute for acquaint?

While in some cases nearly identical to acquaint, notify implies sending notice of something requiring attention or demanding action.

notified the witness when to appear

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The first known use of acquaint was in the 14th century

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“Acquaint.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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