[ uh-kweyn-tid ]
/ əˈkweɪn tɪd /


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.

Nearby words

  1. acpt.,
  2. acquaint,
  3. acquaintance,
  4. acquaintance rape,
  5. acquaintance violence,
  6. acquest,
  7. acquiesce,
  8. acquiescence,
  9. acquiescent,
  10. acquire

Origin of acquainted

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at acquaint, -ed2

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British Dictionary definitions for well-acquainted


adjective (well acquainted when postpositive)

having a good knowledge or understanding of someone or somethingwell acquainted with Milton


/ (əˈkweɪntɪd) /

adjective (postpositive)

(sometimes foll by with) on terms of familiarity but not intimacy
(foll by with) having knowledge or experience (of); familiar (with)
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Word Origin and History for well-acquainted



early 13c., "personally known;" past participle adjective from acquaint (v.). Of skills, situations, etc., from late 15c.

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