To be acquainted with
Acquaint Ac*quaint", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Acquainted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Acquainting}.] [OE. aqueinten, acointen, OF. acointier, LL. adcognitare, fr. L. ad + cognitus, p. p. of cognoscere to know; con- + noscere to know. See {Quaint}, {Know}.] 1. To furnish or give experimental knowledge of; to make (one) to know; to make familiar; -- followed by with. [1913 Webster]

Before a man can speak on any subject, it is necessary to be acquainted with it. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. --Isa. liii. 3. [1913 Webster]

2. To communicate notice to; to inform; to make cognizant; -- followed by with (formerly, also, by of), or by that, introducing the intelligence; as, to acquaint a friend with the particulars of an act. [1913 Webster]

Acquaint her here of my son Paris' love. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I must acquaint you that I have received New dated letters from Northumberland. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To familiarize; to accustom. [Obs.] --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

{To be acquainted with}, to be possessed of personal knowledge of; to be cognizant of; to be more or less familiar with; to be on terms of social intercourse with. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To inform; apprise; communicate; advise. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To be of acquaintance — Acquaintance Ac*quaint ance, n. [OE. aqueintance, OF. acointance, fr. acointier. See {Acquaint}.] 1. A state of being acquainted, or of having intimate, or more than slight or superficial, knowledge; personal knowledge gained by intercourse short …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be on speaking terms — Speaking Speak ing, a. 1. Uttering speech; used for conveying speech; as, man is a speaking animal; a speaking tube. [1913 Webster] 2. Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike; as, a speaking likeness. [1913 Webster] {A speaking… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Acquainted — Ac*quaint ed, a. Personally known; familiar. See {To be acquainted with}, under {Acquaint}, v. t. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Acquainted — Acquaint Ac*quaint , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Acquainted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Acquainting}.] [OE. aqueinten, acointen, OF. acointier, LL. adcognitare, fr. L. ad + cognitus, p. p. of cognoscere to know; con + noscere to know. See {Quaint}, {Know}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To know how — Know Know (n[=o]), v. t. [imp. {Knew} (n[=u]); p. p. {Known} (n[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Knowing}.] [OE. knowen, knawen, AS. cn[ a]wan; akin to OHG. chn[ a]an (in comp.), Icel. kn[ a] to be able, Russ. znate to know, L. gnoscere, noscere, Gr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acquainted — acquaintedness, n. /euh kwayn tid/, adj. 1. having personal knowledge as a result of study, experience, etc.; informed (usually fol. by with): to be acquainted with law. 2. brought into social contact; made familiar: people acquainted through… …   Universalium

  • acquainted — ac|quaint|ed [əˈkweıntıd] adj [not before noun] 1.) if you are acquainted with someone, you have met them a few times but do not know them very well acquainted with ▪ Were you acquainted with a friend of mine, Daniel Green? ▪ We would like to get …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • acquainted — UK [əˈkweɪntɪd] / US [əˈkweɪntəd] adjective formal 1) if two people are acquainted, they know each other, usually not very well get/become acquainted (= start to know someone by talking or doing something together): I ll leave you two to get… …   English dictionary

  • acquainted — adj. familiar with sth VERBS ▪ be ▪ become, get ▪ I would like to get acquainted with her. ADVERB ▪ fully, intimately …   Collocations dictionary

  • acquainted — /əˈkweɪntəd/ (say uh kwayntuhd) adjective 1. (of two people) known to each other. –phrase 2. acquainted with, having personal knowledge of; informed about: *The passenger was surprised that one whom he scarcely knew should be acquainted with his… …   Australian English dictionary

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