Definition of acquaintance in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkwāntəns/


1A person’s knowledge or experience of something: the students had little acquaintance with the language
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  • Intuition represents knowledge by ‘direct acquaintance with things.’
  • Next it brought an experimental acquaintance with grace and forgiveness.
  • Some had experience of Frankish Gaul and hence some acquaintance with Roman institutions and culture.
familiarity with, knowledge of, experience with/of, awareness of, understanding of, comprehension of, grasp of
1.1One’s slight knowledge of or friendship with someone: I renewed my acquaintance with Herbert most men of her acquaintance were in uniform now
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  • If you get some special facilities because of your acquaintance with the doctor, don't make it public - have regard for the feelings and sentiments of other patients.
  • She despises George and is diverted by the renewal of her acquaintance with the rakish Judge Brack who offers the possibility of flirting, gossip and intrigue.
  • It was the most amazing part of his acquaintance with her yet.
association, relationship, contact;
fellowship, companionship
2A person one knows slightly, but who is not a close friend: a wide circle of friends and acquaintances
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  • In some ways it is not the close friends but the acquaintances I miss the most.
  • I leave behind a number of acquaintances and two close friends who have lived every moment of this ordeal with me.
  • The people I called friends, more close acquaintances, left for university.
2.1Acquaintances considered collectively: his extensive acquaintance included Oscar Wilde and Yeats
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  • So basically, you look at the family members, acquaintance, or a total stranger.
  • His varied acquaintance included Boswell, Bentham, Godwin, Paine, and Coleridge.
  • It is striking to realize how much of this material is personal-not subjective, but rather framed by her own family history or immediate acquaintance.


make the acquaintance of (or make someone's acquaintance)

Meet someone for the first time and become only slightly familiar: they are anxious to make your acquaintance
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  • It was a pleasure to have made your acquaintance and to have met your wonderful dedicated team.
  • Mr. Holmes, I'm honoured to make your acquaintance.
  • I am pleased to make your acquaintance, for I have always wished to meet a Master Bard.



Pronunciation: /əˈkwānt(ə)n(s)ˌSHip/
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  • But, given her long acquaintanceship with him, it is extraordinary that she should have been so detached from the case for such a misjudgement to have occurred.
  • These relationships can be between friends, romantic partners, or just a passing acquaintanceship.
  • I've had sort of passing acquaintanceship with a few of them.


Middle English (in the sense 'mutual knowledge, being acquainted'): from Old French acointance, from acointier 'make known' (see acquaint).

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Syllabification: ac·quaint·ance

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