- 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
- 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 acquainted
She never knew him to have firearms in the year or so they were acquainted.New Details on Theodore Wafer, the Man Who Shot Renisha McBride
November 15, 2013
Philippe acquainted her with the joys and griefs of his difficult profession.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"I must make you acquainted with my wife and children," he said.Brave and Bold
He was acquainted with the women of society, and with the women who only wished to be in society.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I have been acquainted with her character and actions for several years.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Your reading makes you a stranger to nothing but what you should be most acquainted with.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- (sometimes foll by with) on terms of familiarity but not intimacy
- (foll by with) having knowledge or experience (of); familiar (with)
- (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 acquainted
early 13c., "personally known;" past participle adjective from acquaint (v.). Of skills, situations, etc., from late 15c.
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.