Verb acquaint Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


acquaint (third-person singular simple present acquaints, present participle acquainting, simple past and past participle acquainted)

  1. (transitive, followed by with) To furnish or give experimental knowledge of; to make (one) to know; to make familiar.
  2. (transitive, archaic, followed by of or that) To communicate notice to; to inform; to make cognizant.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To familiarize; to accustom.

More definition: make more or less familiar, aware, or conversant (usually followed by with), to acquaint the mayor with our plan. furnish with knowledge; inform (usually followed by with), to acquaint the manager with one's findings. bring into social contact; introduce (usually followed by with), She acquainted her roommate with my cousin.

1. foll by with or of. to make (a person) familiar or conversant (with); inform (of)

2. (foll by with) (mainly US) to introduce (to); bring into contact (with) Word OriginC13, via Old French and Medieval Latin from Latin accognitus, from accognōscere to know perfectly, from ad- (intensive) + cognōscere to knowCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 13c., from Old French acointier "make known, make acquaintance of," from Vulgar Latin accognitare "to make known," from Latin accognitus "acquainted with," past participle of accognoscere "know well," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + cognitus, past participle of cogniscere "come to know," from com- "with" (see com-) + gnoscere "know" (see notice). Originally reflective, "to make oneself known;" sense of "to gain for oneself personal knowledge of" is from early 14c. Related, Acquainted; acquainting.


Under these conditions, it is no longer possible for the individual merchant, or for small groups of merchants, to acquaint themselves, by personal experience alone, with more than a fractional part of the causes which affect the business in which they are engaged.

All our sensations are relative, and acquaint us, not with things as they are, but only with the impressions that things produce upon us.

Acquaint thyself with a physician before thou have need of him.

54); while, according to Eusebius, a second bishop from Cappadocia, Alexander by name, visited Jerusalem in order to pray and acquaint himself with the holy sites, and was there invited by the community tc remain with them and assume the episcopate of the aged Narcissus (Hist.

Crates of Mallus, one of his teachers, aimed at fulfilling the high functions of a " critic " according to his own definition - that the critic must acquaint himself with all rational knowledge.

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