acquaint

  • 1 Acquaint — Ac*quaint , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Acquainted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Acquainting}.] [OE. aqueinten, acointen, OF. acointier, LL. adcognitare, fr. L. ad + cognitus, p. p. of cognoscere to know; con + noscere to know. See {Quaint}, {Know}.] 1. To furnish …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Acquaint — Ac*quaint , a. [OF. acoint. See {Acquaint}, v. t.] Acquainted. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 acquaint — ► VERB 1) (acquaint with) make (someone) aware of or familiar with. 2) (be acquainted with) know personally. 3) (be acquainted) (of two or more people) know each other personally. ORIGIN Latin accognitare, from cognoscere come to know …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 acquaint — [ə kwānt′] vt. [ME aqueinten < OFr acointier < ML adcognitare < L ad , to + cognitus, pp. of cognoscere, to know thoroughly < con , with gnoscere, KNOW] 1. to let know; give knowledge to; make aware; inform [to acquaint oneself with… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 acquaint — index apprise, communicate, convey (communicate), disabuse, disclose, divulge, enlighten, impart …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 acquaint — (v.) early 13c., from O.Fr. acointier make known, make acquaintance of, from V.L. accognitare to make known, from L. accognitus acquainted with, pp. of accognoscere know well, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + cognitus, pp. of cogniscere …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 acquaint — *inform, apprise, advise, notify Analogous words: tell, *reveal, disclose, divulge: *teach, instruct, educate, school: accustom, *habituate Contrasted words: conceal, *hide: withhold, reserve, hold, hold back (i …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 acquaint — [v] inform oneself or another about something new accustom, advise, apprise, bring out, clue, come out with*, disclose, divulge, enlighten, familiarize, fill in, fix up*, get together*, habituate, inform, intro*, introduce, knock down*, let know …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 acquaint — UK [əˈkweɪnt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms acquaint : present tense I/you/we/they acquaint he/she/it acquaints present participle acquainting past tense acquainted past participle acquainted formal to give someone information about something …

    English dictionary

  • 10 acquaint — /əˈkweɪnt / (say uh kwaynt) verb (t) 1. (sometimes followed by with) to share information with: *She was urged by no reciprocal sisterly desire to acquaint Norman with her knowledge. –xavier herbert, 1938. 2. US (sometimes followed by to or with) …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 11 acquaint — ac|quaint [əˈkweınt] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: acointier, from Medieval Latin accognitare, from Late Latin accognoscere to know perfectly , from Latin ad to + cognoscere to know ] 1.) acquaint yourself with sth formal to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 acquaint — ac|quaint [ ə kweınt ] verb transitive FORMAL to give someone information about something: acquaint someone with something: We aim to acquaint policy makers with some of these issues. acquaint yourself with something to make an effort to learn… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 acquaint — [[t]əkwe͟ɪnt[/t]] acquaints, acquainting, acquainted VERB If you acquaint someone with something, you tell them about it so that they know it. If you acquaint yourself with something, you learn about it. [FORMAL] → See also acquainted [V n with… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 acquaint — verb (T) 1 be acquainted (with sb) to know someone, especially because you have met once or twice before: I am acquainted with him, but only on a professional basis. | get/become acquainted (=start to know someone that you have just met): I ll… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 acquaint — v. 1) to acquaint thoroughly 2) (D; refl., tr.) to acquaint with (the lawyer acquainted herself with the facts of the case) * * * [ə kweɪnt] to acquaintthoroughly (D; refl., tr.) to acquaint with (the lawyer acquainted herself with the facts of… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 acquaint — /euh kwaynt /, v.t. 1. to make more or less familiar, aware, or conversant (usually fol. by with): to acquaint the mayor with our plan. 2. to furnish with knowledge; inform (usually fol. by with): to acquaint the manager with one s findings. 3.… …

    Universalium

  • 17 acquaint — ac•quaint [[t]əˈkweɪnt[/t]] v. t. 1) to make more or less familiar, aware, or conversant (usu. fol. by with): to acquaint the mayor with our plan[/ex] 2) to furnish with knowledge; inform (usu. fol. by with): to acquaint the manager with one s… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 acquaint — verb a) 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. b) To communicate notice to; to inform; to make… …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 acquaint — [13] Acquaint is connected with quaint, distant though they may seem in meaning. It comes via Old French acointer from medieval Latin accognitāre, which was based ultimately on cognitus, the past participle of cognoscere ‘know’. Cognitus gave… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 acquaint — verb 1》 (acquaint someone with) make someone aware of or familiar with. 2》 (be acquainted with) know personally.     ↘(be acquainted) (of two or more people) know each other slightly. Origin ME: from OFr. acointier make known , from late L.… …

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