Complete Definition of "acquaint"

English

Etymology
ME. term|aqueinten|langenm, term|acointen|langenm < OF. term|acointier|langfro < LL. term|adcognitare|langla < L. term|ad|langla + term|cognitus|langla, past participle of term|cognoscere||to know|langla < term|con-|langla + term|noscere||to know|lang=la. See term|quaint, term|know.

Pronunciation
rhymes|eɪnt

Verb
en-verb

  1. transitive To furnish or give experimental knowledge of; to make (one) to know; to make familiar; -- followed by with.

#:Before a man can speak on any subject, it is necessary to be acquainted with it. -John Locke
#:A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. -Isaiah 53:3

  1. ditransitive To communicate notice to; to inform; to make cognizant; -- followed by with (formerly, also, by of), or by that, introducing the intelligence; as, to acquaint a friend with the particulars of an act.

#:Acquaint her here of my son Paris' love. -Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, III-iv
#:I must acquaint you that I have received New dated letters from Northumberland. -Shak., Henry IV, Part II, IV-i

  1. context|obsolete|transitive To familiarize; to accustom.

Derived terms
To be acquainted with: to be possessed of personal knowledge of; to be cognizant of; to be more or less familiar with; to be on terms of social intercourse with.

Synonyms
inform
apprise
communicate
advise

Translations
trans-top|to furnish or give experimental knowledge of
Finnish: tutustuttaa, perehdyttää
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trans-top|to communicate notice to
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trans-top|to familiarize; to accustom
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Adjective
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  1. obsolete acquainted

References
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