acquaint

[ uh-kweynt ]
/ əˈkweɪnt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. acoustoelectric,
  2. acoustoelectronic,
  3. acoustooptics,
  4. acp,
  5. acpt.,
  6. acquaintance,
  7. acquaintance rape,
  8. acquaintance violence,
  9. acquainted,
  10. acquest

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

Related formspre·ac·quaint, verb (used with object)re·ac·quaint, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for re-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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