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[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.
Origin of acquaint
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
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Examples from the Web for acquainting
Historical Examples
  • Then devise some means of acquainting his friends of his whereabouts.

    A Bid for Fortune Guy Boothby
  • He had telegraphed to her, acquainting her with his defeat, and telling her to expect his return.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • He immediately wrote a letter to her, acquainting her with his arrival.

    The Poacher Frederick Marryat
  • Of acquainting him with the Business during his Apprenticeship.

    The Life of Daniel De Foe George Chalmers
  • When it was done, she posted a note to Heriot, acquainting him with her intention.

    One Man's View

    Leonard Merrick
  • He wrote a letter to his friend, Ralph Richmond, acquainting him of this fact.

    The Lonely Unicorn Alec Waugh
  • We have said that it became the means of acquainting them with the language of the land.

    Creed And Deed Felix Adler
  • Her mother lost no time in acquainting me with this distressing fact.

    May Iverson's Career Elizabeth Jordan
  • Obeying an unformed policy, David refrained from acquainting her with the truth.

    To Him That Hath Leroy Scott
  • The king lost no time in acquainting the diet with his demands.

British Dictionary definitions for acquainting


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 acquainting



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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