- 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
Examples from the Web for acquainting
Then devise some means of acquainting his friends of his whereabouts.A Bid for Fortune
He had telegraphed to her, acquainting her with his defeat, and telling her to expect his return.The Prime Minister
He immediately wrote a letter to her, acquainting her with his arrival.The Poacher
Of acquainting him with the Business during his Apprenticeship.The Life of Daniel De Foe
When it was done, she posted a note to Heriot, acquainting him with her intention.One Man's View
- (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 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.