[ uh-kweynt ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make more or less familiar, aware, or conversant (usually followed by with): to acquaint the mayor with our plan.

  2. to furnish with knowledge; inform (usually followed by with): to acquaint the manager with one's findings.

  1. to bring into social contact; introduce (usually followed by with): She acquainted her roommate with my cousin.

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use acquaint in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for acquaint


/ (əˈkweɪnt) /

  1. (foll by with or of) to make (a person) familiar or conversant (with); inform (of)

  2. (foll by with) mainly US to introduce (to); bring into contact (with)

Origin of 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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