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English

Etymology

Middle English aqueinten, acointen < Old French acointier < Late Latin adcognitare < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] ad + cognitus, past participle of cognoscere (to know) < con- + noscere (to know). See quaint, know.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to acquaint

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to acquaint (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  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. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) 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

Translations

Adjective

acquaint (not comparable)

Positive
acquaint

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (obsolete) acquainted

References

acquaint” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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