Definition of acquaint in English:
verb[with object] (acquaint someone with)
- 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.
- A US official at the UN began acquainting him with the ‘political realities’ before he left New York.
- Local security sources could have acquainted him with these facts if he had asked before making his assertions last Thursday.
- He was acquainted with Mr Boyle and had met him on a number of occasions.
- Hankey can be found too in various biographies of Swinburne, with whom, naturally, he was acquainted.
- I have been personally acquainted with several members of the original Trapp Family Singers.
quaint from (Middle English):
In the Middle Ages quaint meant ‘wise, clever’, and ‘ingenious, cunningly designed, or skilfully made’. Another early sense was ‘beautiful or elegant’. Over time these meanings led to the more general notion of ‘out of the ordinary’. The current use, describing something interestingly unusual or old-fashioned, is found from the late 18th century—before this, the word had become quite rare. It comes from Old French cointe, from Latin cognoscere ‘to know’, which is the root of words such as acquaint (Middle English), literally ‘to make known to’; cognoscenti (late 18th century) from Italian for ‘those who know’; incognito; and recognize.
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