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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  • acquaint — [ə kwānt′] vt. [ME aqueinten < OFr acointier < ML adcognitare < L ad , to + cognitus, pp. of cognoscere, to know thoroughly < con , with gnoscere, KNOW] 1. to let know; give knowledge to; make aware; inform [to acquaint oneself with… …   English World dictionary

  • acquaint — index apprise, communicate, convey (communicate), disabuse, disclose, divulge, enlighten, impart …   Law dictionary

  • acquaint — (v.) early 13c., from O.Fr. acointier make known, make acquaintance of, from V.L. accognitare to make known, from L. accognitus acquainted with, pp. of accognoscere know well, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + cognitus, pp. of cogniscere …   Etymology dictionary

  • acquaint — *inform, apprise, advise, notify Analogous words: tell, *reveal, disclose, divulge: *teach, instruct, educate, school: accustom, *habituate Contrasted words: conceal, *hide: withhold, reserve, hold, hold back (i …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • acquaint — [v] inform oneself or another about something new accustom, advise, apprise, bring out, clue, come out with*, disclose, divulge, enlighten, familiarize, fill in, fix up*, get together*, habituate, inform, intro*, introduce, knock down*, let know …   New thesaurus

  • acquaint — UK [əˈkweɪnt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms acquaint : present tense I/you/we/they acquaint he/she/it acquaints present participle acquainting past tense acquainted past participle acquainted formal to give someone information about something …   English dictionary

  • acquaint — /əˈkweɪnt / (say uh kwaynt) verb (t) 1. (sometimes followed by with) to share information with: *She was urged by no reciprocal sisterly desire to acquaint Norman with her knowledge. –xavier herbert, 1938. 2. US (sometimes followed by to or with) …   Australian English dictionary

  • acquaint — ac|quaint [əˈkweınt] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: acointier, from Medieval Latin accognitare, from Late Latin accognoscere to know perfectly , from Latin ad to + cognoscere to know ] 1.) acquaint yourself with sth formal to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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