Definition of acquaint in English:



  • 1 Make someone aware of or familiar with.

    ‘new staff should be acquainted with fire exit routes’
    ‘you need to acquaint yourself with the house style’
    ‘she was already well acquainted with his work’
    • ‘We wished to acquaint him with our quest and ask his assistance.’
    • ‘The Labrador journeys acquainted Murie with both Indians and Eskimos from whom he learned durable skills and values.’
    • ‘There our host Fillip Lissicharov was acquainting us with the production of rose and lavender oils.’
    • ‘Anticapitalism and the antiwar movement has pulled many to the Left without acquainting them with the nature of social and political power.’
    • ‘In the programme this year, we are also trying to acquaint you with the culture of Japanese cuisine, through lectures and demonstrations of Japanese dishes and Japanese traditional sweets.’
    • ‘For the Department to employ them, these educators will have to attend training courses to acquaint them with the new curriculum.’
    • ‘He took his young friends to see the ancestral home of the Treffry family and acquainted us with one of the prettiest towns in all of Cornwall - Fowey.’
    • ‘Local security sources could have acquainted him with these facts if he had asked before making his assertions last Thursday.’
    • ‘To acquaint me with the ground reality, he asked me to stay at the village and supervise the irrigation of peaches during April-May, which I did.’
    • ‘You've acquainted us with the advantages of both.’
    • ‘He sets out to change the students' lives by acquainting them with the magic and power of music.’
    • ‘As a journalist, the competitions provide an environment with unique purpose - acquainting you with new work, people, and so forth.’
    • ‘My answer to that accusation is that there is nothing shabby or disgraceful in telling writers the truth and acquainting them with the painful facts of publishing life.’
    • ‘‘So you'll take care of that,’ he continued, ‘and you'll acquaint Lieze with everything.’’
    • ‘For the fifth year in a row students took part in the Week of Welcome, a weeklong celebration that acquainted them with the campus as well as its many organisations.’
    • ‘The account tugs at the heart, and acquaints us with the pain suffered by all those who were affected by a division that ought never to have happened.’
    • ‘A US official at the UN began acquainting him with the ‘political realities’ before he left New York.’
    • ‘By the time he painted this well-known image of Iona, Peploe had been acquainted with the island for four years.’
    • ‘After two afternoon workouts before the All-Star break to acquaint Caminiti with his new position, he started the second half at first base.’
    • ‘I shall try to acquaint you with that abode of human misery.’
    familiarize, make familiar, make conversant, get up to date, keep up to date
    accustom to, make known to, make aware of, inform of, advise of, apprise of, brief as to, give information about
    enlighten, keep posted, let know
    prime on, ground in, instruct in, teach in, educate in, school in, indoctrinate in, initiate into
    give the gen about, give the low-down on, give a rundown of, fill in on, gen up on, clue up about, clue in on, put in the picture about, keep up to speed with
    familiar, conversant, at home, up to date, up
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    1. 1.1Know someone slightly.
      ‘I am not acquainted with any young lady of that name’
      ‘I'll leave you two to get acquainted’
      • ‘He was acquainted with Mr Boyle and had met him on a number of occasions.’
      • ‘Steve reckons it is probably a blessing that he has yet to be acquainted with the MP.’
      • ‘Hankey can be found too in various biographies of Swinburne, with whom, naturally, he was acquainted.’
      • ‘I figured that since I am now acquainted with millionaires, I must look like one, even if I am not.’
      • ‘I have been personally acquainted with several members of the original Trapp Family Singers.’
      • ‘Everyone in Ethiopia was acquainted with her.’
      • ‘Are you acquainted socially or professionally with anyone who knows you under a different name?’
      • ‘Today many of us are acquainted with persons of other religious traditions.’
      • ‘He had become acquainted with the girls, who cannot be named because of their age, after meeting them through a parent of one of them.’
      • ‘When Robert first got acquainted with Nancy, she was hardworking, pretty and sociable.’
      • ‘I see no difficulty with the proposition that Shakespeare was acquainted with Roger Manners, fifth Earl of Rutland.’
      • ‘He himself would have been personally acquainted with the complainant and in that respect lacked independence.’
      • ‘He's a friend of mine, we are acquainted, he's a previous Templeton Prize winner.’
      • ‘She said that if the voters do not dine with the candidate, how could they be acquainted with him?’
      • ‘Four witnesses who were acquainted with the plaintiff testified that they thought of him when they read the article.’
      • ‘Lilah is not acquainted with her, which also means the readers have yet to meet her.’
      • ‘We're getting acquainted in a delectably discreet and secluded restaurant.’
      • ‘Drop in there any Tuesday evening at 8pm and get acquainted with the folk there.’
      • ‘Just about anyone who was ever acquainted with me knows that I do not trust people.’
      • ‘What I cannot understand is why he is now pursuing our daughter and why he has not told her that he was once acquainted with us.’


Middle English: from Old French acointier make known, from late Latin accognitare, from Latin accognoscere, from ad- to + cognoscere come to know.