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acquaint

[ uh-kweynt ]
/ əˈkweɪnt /
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verb (used with object)

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.

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Origin of acquaint

1250–1300; Middle English aqueinten, acointen<Anglo-French acointer,Old French acoint(i)er, verbal derivative of acointe familiar, known <Latin accognitus, past participle of accognōscere to recognize, equivalent to ac-ac- + co-co- + gni-know1 + -tus past participle suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM acquaint

pre·ac·quaint, verb (used with object)re·ac·quaint, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for acquaint

acquaint
/ (əˈkweɪnt) /

verb (tr)

(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 for acquaint

C13: via Old French and Medieval Latin from Latin accognitus, from accognōscere to know perfectly, from ad- (intensive) + cognōscere to know
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