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1 cause to come to know personally; "permit me to acquaint you with my son"; "introduce the new neighbors to the community" [syn: introduce, present]
2 make familiar or acquainted; "you should acquaint yourself with your new computer"; "We familiarized ourselves with the new surroundings" [syn: familiarize, familiarise]
3 inform; "Please acquaint your colleagues of your plans to move"

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aqueinten, acointen < acointier < adcognitare < ad + cognitus, past participle of cognoscere < con- + noscere. See quaint, know.



  1. To furnish or give experimental knowledge of; to make (one) to know; to make familiar; -- followed by with.
    Before a man can speak on any subject, it is necessary to be acquainted with it. -John Locke
    A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. -Isaiah 53:3
  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.
    Acquaint her here of my son Paris' love. -Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, III-iv
    I must acquaint you that I have received New dated letters from Northumberland. -, Henry IV, Part II, IV-i
  3. In the context of "obsolete|transitive": To familiarize; to accustom.

Derived terms

  • 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.


to furnish or give experimental knowledge of
to communicate notice to
to familiarize; to accustom


  1. acquainted


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accustom, advertise, advertise of, advise, apprise, brief, bring word, clue, communicate, disclose, divulge, do the honors, enlighten, familiarize, fill in, give a knockdown, give an introduction, give notice, give the facts, give word, habituate, inform, instruct, introduce, leave word, let know, make acquainted, mention to, notify, post, present, quaint, report, reveal, send word, serve notice, speak, tell, verse, warn
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