- 1A person’s knowledge or experience of something: the students had little acquaintance with the languageMore example sentences
familiarity with, knowledge of, experience with/of, awareness of, understanding of, comprehension of, grasp of
- 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.
- 1.1One’s slight knowledge of or friendship with someone: I renewed my acquaintance with Herbert most men of her acquaintance were in uniform nowMore example sentences
association, relationship, contact; fellowship, companionship
- 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.
- 2A person one knows slightly, but who is not a close friend: a wide circle of friends and acquaintancesMore example sentences
- 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 YeatsMore example sentences
- 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 acquaintanceMore example sentences
- 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.
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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).