What does acquaint mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. introduce, present, acquaintverb

    cause to come to know personally

    "permit me to acquaint you with my son"; "introduce the new neighbors to the community"

  2. familiarize, familiarise, acquaintverb

    make familiar or conversant with

    "you should acquaint yourself with your new computer"; "We familiarized ourselves with the new surroundings"

  3. acquaintverb


    "Please acquaint your colleagues of your plans to move"


  1. acquaintverb

    To furnish or give experimental knowledge of; to make (one) to know; to make familiar; -- followed by 'with'.

  2. acquaintverb

    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.

  3. acquaintverb

    To familiarize; to accustom.

  4. acquaintadjective


  5. Etymology: From aqueinten, acointen, from acointier, from adcognitare, from ad + cognitus, past participle of cognoscere, from con- + noscere. See quaint, know.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ACQUAINTverb

    Etymology: accointer, Fr.

    We that acquaint ourselves with ev’ry zone,
    And pass the tropicks, and behold each pole;
    When we come home, are to ourselves unknown,
    And unacquainted still with our own soul. John Davies.

    There with thee, new welcome saint,
    Like fortunes may her soul acquaint;
    With thee there clad in radiant sheen. John Milton, on March. Win.

    Before a man can speak on any subject, it is necessary to be acquainted with it. John Locke, on Education, § 171.

    Acquaint yourselves with things ancient and modern, natural, civil, and religious, domestic and national; things of your own and foreign countries; and, above all, be well acquainted with God and yourselves; learn animal nature, and the workings of your own spirits. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    But for some other reasons, my grave Sir,
    Which is not fit you know, I not acquaint
    My father of this business. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    I have lately received a letter from a friend in the country, wherein he acquaints me, that two or three men of the town are got among them, and have brought down particular words and phrases, which were never before in those parts. Tatler.


  1. acquaint

    To acquaint means to make someone familiar or aware of something or someone. It includes gaining personal knowledge or information about a person, place, thing, or concept.

  2. acquaint

    To acquaint means to familiarize or make someone aware of specific knowledge or information. This could involve meeting and getting to know someone or something, or it could mean learning or understanding more about a subject or topic through study or personal experience.

  3. acquaint

    To acquaint refers to the action of making someone familiar or aware of someone or something. It involves getting to know or understand something or someone better through first-hand experience, information or knowledge. It can also refer to introducing people to each other.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acquaintverb


  2. Acquaintverb

    to furnish or give experimental knowledge of; to make (one) to know; to make familiar; -- followed by with

  3. Acquaintverb

    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

  4. Acquaintverb

    to familiarize; to accustom

  5. Etymology: [OF. acoint. See Acquaint, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Acquaint

    ak-kwānt′, v.t. to make or let one to know: to inform a person of a thing (with): to inform (with personal object only).—ns. Acquaint′ance, familiar knowledge: a person whom we know; Acquaint′anceship, familiar knowledge.—p.adj. Acquaint′ed (with), personally known: having personal knowledge of. [O. Fr. acointer—Low L. accognitāre—L. ad, to, cognitus, known.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of acquaint in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of acquaint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of acquaint in a Sentence

  1. Paul Ryan:

    I will obviously bone up on all the rules, my goal is to be dispassionate and to be ‘Switzerland.’To be neutral and dispassionate. Make sure that the rule of law prevails and to make sure that the delegates make their decision however the rules require them to do that. I will acquaint myself with these things at the right time.

  2. Piotr Kosmaty:

    This report has a dual significance for us because it will allow us to acquaint ourselves with what has been established and also what evidence could be useful in terms of the investigation that we are conducting.

  3. unknown:

    In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.

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  • إطلاع الشخص عليArabic
  • запознавам, известявам, съобщавамBulgarian
  • dar a conocer, familiarizarSpanish
  • tutustuttaa, perehdyttääFinnish
  • להכירHebrew
  • знакомитьRussian

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    of persons; taken advantage of
    • A. suspicious
    • B. witless
    • C. noninvasive
    • D. victimised

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