Definition of acquaint in English:

acquaint

verb

[with object]acquaint someone with
  • 1Make 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’
    • ‘Local security sources could have acquainted him with these facts if he had asked before making his assertions last Thursday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Labrador journeys acquainted Murie with both Indians and Eskimos from whom he learned durable skills and values.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You've acquainted us with the advantages of both.’
    • ‘After two afternoon workouts before the All-Star break to acquaint Caminiti with his new position, he started the second half at first base.’
    • ‘As a journalist, the competitions provide an environment with unique purpose - acquainting you with new work, people, and so forth.’
    • ‘Anticapitalism and the antiwar movement has pulled many to the Left without acquainting them with the nature of social and political power.’
    • ‘A US official at the UN began acquainting him with the ‘political realities’ before he left New York.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For the Department to employ them, these educators will have to attend training courses to acquaint them with the new curriculum.’
    • ‘There our host Fillip Lissicharov was acquainting us with the production of rose and lavender oils.’
    • ‘We wished to acquaint him with our quest and ask his assistance.’
    • ‘I shall try to acquaint you with that abode of human misery.’
    • ‘He sets out to change the students' lives by acquainting them with the magic and power of music.’
    • ‘By the time he painted this well-known image of Iona, Peploe had been acquainted with the island for four years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘So you'll take care of that,’ he continued, ‘and you'll acquaint Lieze with everything.’’
    • ‘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.’
    familiarize, make familiar, make conversant, get up to date, keep up to date
    familiar, conversant, at home, up to date, up
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    1. 1.1be acquainted Know someone slightly.
      ‘I am not acquainted with any young lady of that name’
      ‘I'll leave you two to get acquainted’
      • ‘Are you acquainted socially or professionally with anyone who knows you under a different name?’
      • ‘We're getting acquainted in a delectably discreet and secluded restaurant.’
      • ‘When Robert first got acquainted with Nancy, she was hardworking, pretty and sociable.’
      • ‘I figured that since I am now acquainted with millionaires, I must look like one, even if I am not.’
      • ‘Four witnesses who were acquainted with the plaintiff testified that they thought of him when they read the article.’
      • ‘Just about anyone who was ever acquainted with me knows that I do not trust people.’
      • ‘He was acquainted with Mr Boyle and had met him on a number of occasions.’
      • ‘Drop in there any Tuesday evening at 8pm and get acquainted with the folk there.’
      • ‘He himself would have been personally acquainted with the complainant and in that respect lacked independence.’
      • ‘Everyone in Ethiopia was acquainted with her.’
      • ‘Hankey can be found too in various biographies of Swinburne, with whom, naturally, he was acquainted.’
      • ‘Steve reckons it is probably a blessing that he has yet to be acquainted with the MP.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have been personally acquainted with several members of the original Trapp Family Singers.’
      • ‘He's a friend of mine, we are acquainted, he's a previous Templeton Prize winner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I see no difficulty with the proposition that Shakespeare was acquainted with Roger Manners, fifth Earl of Rutland.’
      • ‘Today many of us are acquainted with persons of other religious traditions.’
      • ‘She said that if the voters do not dine with the candidate, how could they be acquainted with him?’
      • ‘Lilah is not acquainted with her, which also means the readers have yet to meet her.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

acquaint

/əˈkweɪnt/