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acquainted

[uh-kweyn-tid] /əˈkweɪn tɪd/
adjective
1.
having personal knowledge as a result of study, experience, etc.; informed (usually followed by with):
to be acquainted with law.
2.
brought into social contact; made familiar:
people acquainted through mutual friends.
Origin of acquainted
1250-1300
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
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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

unacquainted

/ˌʌnəˈkweɪntɪd/
adjective
1.
not familiar or conversant with (someone or something)
2.
(of people) not having met or been introduced

acquainted

/əˈkweɪntɪd/
adjective (postpositive)
1.
(sometimes foll by with) on terms of familiarity but not intimacy
2.
(foll by with) having knowledge or experience (of); familiar (with)
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Word Origin and History for unacquainted
adj.

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

acquainted

adj.

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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