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

/əˈkwānt//əˈkweɪnt/