Definition of acquaint in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkweɪnt/


[with object] (acquaint someone with)
1Make someone aware of or familiar with: new staff should be acquainted with fire exit routes you need to acquaint yourself with the house style
More example sentences
  • 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.
familiarize, make familiar, make conversant, get/keep up to date;
accustom to, make known to, make aware of, inform of, advise of, apprise of, brief as to, give information about;
enlighten, keep posted, let know;
prime on, ground in, instruct in, teach in, educate in, school in, indoctrinate in, initiate into
informal give the gen about, give the low-down on, give a rundown of, fill in on, gen up on, clue up about, clue in on, put in the picture about, keep up to speed with
familiar, conversant, at home, up to date, up;
well versed in, knowledgeable about, well informed about, cognizant in, apprised of, abreast of, no stranger to;
French au fait, au courant
informal well up on, in the know about, plugged in to, genned up on, clued in on, wise to, hip to
1.1 (be acquainted) Know someone slightly: I am not acquainted with any young lady of that name I’ll leave you two to get acquainted
More example sentences
  • 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.
known to;
familiar, friendly, on friendly terms, on good terms, on a sociable footing


Middle English: from Old French acointier 'make known', from late Latin accognitare, from Latin accognoscere, from ad- 'to' + cognoscere 'come to know'.

  • 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.

Words that rhyme with acquaint

ain't, attaint, complaint, constraint, distraint, faint, feint, paint, plaint, quaint, restraint, saint, taint

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