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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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unacquainted
Historical Examples
  • If you happen to be unacquainted with its authentic history, so much the better.

    Other Tales and Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • She felt the awkwardness of being surrounded by people with whom she was unacquainted.

  • His brother; imagining he had gone abroad, was unacquainted with his danger.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • You can see that he is unacquainted with our little mountains!

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • I am unacquainted with the nature of all the papers she received, but I well remember the agony they seemed to inflict on her.

    The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
  • This Prince was not unacquainted with the morality of his sectaries.

  • But uneducated colonists, who are unacquainted with each other, will not be likely to choose well.

    Laws Plato
  • Indeed, there are facts known to me with which she is unacquainted.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • I am sorry, Tiernay, very sorry, that you are unacquainted with the language.'

  • It is possible he was unacquainted with the word, but he had a clear perception of the thing itself.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for unacquainted


not familiar or conversant with (someone or something)
(of people) not having met or been introduced


adjective (postpositive)
(sometimes foll by with) on terms of familiarity but not intimacy
(foll by with) having knowledge or experience (of); familiar (with)
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Word Origin and History for unacquainted

1520s, from un- (1) "not" + acquainted.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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