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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  • 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 — acquainted; un·acquainted; …   English syllables

  • acquainted — I adjective advised, apprised, attuned to, awakened, aware of, briefed, cognitus, cognizant of, conscious of, conversant with, enlightened, informed, instructed, introduced to, knowledgeable, notified, notus, peritus, posted, primed, told II… …   Law dictionary

  • acquainted — (adj.) early 13c., personally known; pp. adjective from ACQUAINT (Cf. acquaint) (v.). Of skills, situations, etc., from late 15c …   Etymology dictionary

  • acquainted — [adj] aware abreast, advised, apprised of, clued in*, conversant, enlightened, familiarized, familiar with, informed, in the know*, versed in; concept 402 …   New thesaurus

  • acquainted — [[t]əkwe͟ɪntɪd[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ with n If you are acquainted with something, you know about it because you have learned it or experienced it. [FORMAL] He was well acquainted with the literature of France, Germany and Holland... I am …   English dictionary

  • acquainted — adj. 1) casually; closely, intimately, thoroughly acquainted 2) acquainted with (he got/became acquainted with the situation; are you acquainted with him?) * * * closely intimately thoroughly acquainted casually acquainted with (he got/became… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • acquainted — ac|quaint|ed [ ə kweıntəd ] adjective FORMAL if two people are acquainted, they know each other, usually not very well: acquainted with: She had been briefly acquainted with him more than 20 years earlier. get/become acquainted (=start to know… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern 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 — 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

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