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 That would require Krekorian to acquaint himself with those communities’ resources, neighborhood groups and political issues. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 The decision was made by this reporter to allow for a more substantive piece, inviting the reader to acquaint themselves more fully with our new U.S. neighbor from the East. Rod Berger, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 For instance, days after 9/11, Singh and his friends were out on the streets distributing flyers at train stations and bus stops, trying to acquaint Americans with their faith. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 9 Sep. 2021 Even with the extra support, said Elmore, the BU dean, the onus is on students to do their part to acquaint themselves with college by exploring their campus and city and bonding with other sophomores facing the same obstacles., 4 Sep. 2021 This deal’s goal is to acquaint passengers with the new MTS and North County Transit District fare collection system. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Aug. 2021 Since the pandemic began, like many other 30-something Brooklynites, Badgley has left the city — moving first to L.A. and then upstate — and started to acquaint himself with prison-abolitionist thinking. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 30 Aug. 2021 This spritz is a simple way to acquaint yourself with it. Washington Post, 14 July 2021 Much more tolerable to force the fear, to try to acquaint myself with terror. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021

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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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8 Oct 2021

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“Acquaint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of acquaint

: 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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