[ uh-kweyn-tid ]
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  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

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English; acquaint + -ed2

Other words from acquainted

  • ac·quaint·ed·ness, noun
  • half-ac·quaint·ed, adjective
  • qua·si-ac·quaint·ed, adjective
  • un·ac·quaint·ed, adjective
  • well-ac·quaint·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use acquainted in a sentence

  • It's the usual getting-acquainted-with-our-freshman-sisters affair.

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  • I had not the honour to be acquainted him till 1651, being my she cosen Montague's physitian and friend.

British Dictionary definitions for acquainted


/ (əˈkweɪntɪd) /

  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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