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Line breaks: ac¦quaint|ance
Pronunciation: /əˈkweɪnt(ə)ns

Definition of acquaintance in English:


1 [mass noun] Knowledge or experience of something: the pupils 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.
knowledge of, experience of, awareness of, understanding of, comprehension of, cognizance of, grasp of;
informal know-how
1.1Slight knowledge of or friendship with someone: I renewed my acquaintance with Herbert
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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, social 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.
2.1 [mass noun] Acquaintances 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.


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


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

Meet someone for the first time and come to know them slightly: I’m honoured to make your acquaintance, Miss Morland
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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.



Example sentences
  • 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.

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