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definition of the word acquaint

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Middle English aqueinten, acointen < Old French acointier < Late Latin adcognitare < Latin ad + cognitus, past participle of cognoscere (to know) < con- + noscere (to know). See quaint, know.

to acquaint

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to acquaint (third-person singular simple present acquaints, present participle acquainting, simple past and past participle acquainted)

  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
  2. (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. -Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part II, IV-i
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To familiarize; to accustom.

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