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[uh-kweyn-tid] /əˈkweɪn tɪd/
having personal knowledge as a result of study, experience, etc.; informed (usually followed by with):
to be acquainted with law.
brought into social contact; made familiar:
people acquainted through mutual friends.
Origin of acquainted
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at acquaint, -ed2
Related forms
acquaintedness, noun
half-acquainted, adjective
quasi-acquainted, adjective
unacquainted, adjective
well-acquainted, adjective


[uh-kweynt] /əˈkweɪnt/
verb (used with object)
to make more or less familiar, aware, or conversant (usually followed by with):
to acquaint the mayor with our plan.
to furnish with knowledge; inform (usually followed by with):
to acquaint the manager with one's findings.
to bring into social contact; introduce (usually followed by with):
She acquainted her roommate with my cousin.
1250-1300; Middle English aqueinten, acointen < Anglo-French acointer, Old French acoint(i)er, verbal derivative of acointe familiar, known < Latin accognitus, past participle of accognōscere to recognize, equivalent to ac- ac- + co- co- + gni- know1 + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
preacquaint, verb (used with object)
reacquaint, verb (used with object) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for acquainted
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  • Philippe acquainted her with the joys and griefs of his difficult profession.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "I must make you acquainted with my wife and children," he said.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • He was acquainted with the women of society, and with the women who only wished to be in society.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • I have been acquainted with her character and actions for several years.

  • Your reading makes you a stranger to nothing but what you should be most acquainted with.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I wanted to get acquainted with you, so I might ask you things about her.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • She had just taken the class, and was so unfortunate as not to be acquainted with their names.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • It will certainly be too late to-night to try to get acquainted with her.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • By the way, you are not acquainted with the pink room, I think?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
British Dictionary definitions for acquainted


adjective (postpositive)
(sometimes foll by with) on terms of familiarity but not intimacy
(foll by with) having knowledge or experience (of); familiar (with)


verb (transitive)
foll by with or of. to make (a person) familiar or conversant (with); inform (of)
(foll by with) (mainly US) to introduce (to); bring into contact (with)
Word Origin
C13: via Old French and Medieval Latin from Latin accognitus, from accognōscere to know perfectly, from ad- (intensive) + cognōscere to know
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Word Origin and History for acquainted

early 13c., "personally known;" past participle adjective from acquaint (v.). Of skills, situations, etc., from late 15c.



early 13c., from Old French acointier "make known, make acquaintance of," from Vulgar Latin accognitare "to make known," from Latin accognitus "acquainted with," past participle of accognoscere "know well," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + cognitus, past participle of cogniscere "come to know," from com- "with" (see com-) + gnoscere "know" (see notice). Originally reflective, "to make oneself known;" sense of "to gain for oneself personal knowledge of" is from early 14c. Related: Acquainted; acquainting.

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