- 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 acquaint
I will acquaint you with what passed at the general leave given me to be your guest.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I have no news to acquaint you with about Mauchline, they are just going on in the old way.The Letters of Robert Burns
The bearers of this letter will be able to acquaint you with everything.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
I will acquaint you, as you desire, with all that passes between Mr. Lovelace and me.
But it could not be amiss, he thought, to acquaint my two trustees, that I intended to assume it.
- (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 acquaint
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.