- (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
- (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 a friend with the particulars of an act.
- Acquaint her here of my son Paris' love. -Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, III-iv
- I must you that I have received New dated letters from Northumberland. -(Shak.), Henry IV, Part II, IV-i
- (context, obsolete, transitive) To familiarize; to accustom.
Etymology: (term, aqueinten, lang=enm), (term, acointen, lang=enm) < (term, acointier, lang=fro) < (term, adcognitare, lang=la) < (term, ad, lang=la) + (term, cognitus, lang=la), past participle of (term, cognoscere, , to know, lang=la) < (term, con-, lang=la) + (term, noscere, , to know, lang=la). See (term, quaint), (term, know).
- (obsolete) acquainted
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