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


[uh-kweynt] /əˈkweɪnt/
verb (used with object)
to make more or less familiar, aware, or conversant (usually followed by with):
to acquaint the mayor with our plan.
to furnish with knowledge; inform (usually followed by with):
to acquaint the manager with one's findings.
to bring into social contact; introduce (usually followed by with):
She acquainted her roommate with my cousin.
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- know + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
preacquaint, verb (used with object)
reacquaint, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for acquainted


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


verb (transitive)
foll by with or of. to make (a person) familiar or conversant (with); inform (of)
(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

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



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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