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acquainted

[uh-kweyn-tid] /əˈkweɪn tɪd/
adjective
1.
having personal knowledge as a result of study, experience, etc.; informed (usually followed by with):
to be acquainted with law.
2.
brought into social contact; made familiar:
people acquainted through mutual friends.
Origin of acquainted
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see acquaint, -ed2
Related forms
acquaintedness, noun
half-acquainted, adjective
quasi-acquainted, adjective
unacquainted, adjective
well-acquainted, adjective

acquaint

[uh-kweynt] /əˈkweɪnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make more or less familiar, aware, or conversant (usually followed by with):
to acquaint the mayor with our plan.
2.
to furnish with knowledge; inform (usually followed by with):
to acquaint the manager with one's findings.
3.
to bring into social contact; introduce (usually followed by with):
She acquainted her roommate with my cousin.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English aqueinten, acointen < Anglo-French acointer, Old French acoint(i)er, verbal derivative of acointe familiar, known < Latin accognitus, past participle of accognōscere to recognize, equivalent to ac- ac- + co- co- + gni- know1 + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
preacquaint, verb (used with object)
reacquaint, verb (used with object)
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  • Philip then entered into a detail of what our readers are acquainted with.

    The Phantom Ship Frederick Marryat
  • Philippe acquainted her with the joys and griefs of his difficult profession.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • But he had no idea of drawing back, as I should have known had I been acquainted with him longer.

  • He was acquainted with the women of society, and with the women who only wished to be in society.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • His relationship with my aunt had made him a member of our family, and he had been acquainted with our projects.

  • Your reading makes you a stranger to nothing but what you should be most acquainted with.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The Bishop appears to have copied some of them in his own hand, and certainly was acquainted with the authorship.

    The Age of Dryden Richard Garnett
  • I wanted to get acquainted with you, so I might ask you things about her.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • On one of them I observed the name of a man with whose past life and character I am acquainted.

British Dictionary definitions for acquainted

acquainted

/əˈkweɪntɪd/
adjective (postpositive)
1.
(sometimes foll by with) on terms of familiarity but not intimacy
2.
(foll by with) having knowledge or experience (of); familiar (with)

acquaint

/əˈkweɪnt/
verb (transitive)
1.
foll by with or of. to make (a person) familiar or conversant (with); inform (of)
2.
(foll by with) (mainly US) to introduce (to); bring into contact (with)
Word Origin
C13: via Old French and Medieval Latin from Latin accognitus, from accognōscere to know perfectly, from ad- (intensive) + cognōscere to know
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Word Origin and History for acquainted
adj.

early 13c., "personally known;" past participle adjective from acquaint (v.). Of skills, situations, etc., from late 15c.

acquaint

v.

early 13c., from Old French acointier "make known, make acquaintance of," from Vulgar Latin accognitare "to make known," from Latin accognitus "acquainted with," past participle of accognoscere "know well," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + cognitus, past participle of cogniscere "come to know," from com- "with" (see com-) + gnoscere "know" (see notice). Originally reflective, "to make oneself known;" sense of "to gain for oneself personal knowledge of" is from early 14c. Related: Acquainted; acquainting.

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