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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
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)
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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 preacquaint
acquaint
c.1300, from O.Fr. acointier from V.L. *accognitare "to make known," from L. accognitus, pp. of accognoscere "know well," from ad- "to" + cognitus, pp. of cogniscere "come to know," from com- "with" + gnoscere "know" (see notice). Originally reflective, "to make oneself known;" sense of "to gain for oneself personal knowledge of" is from early 14c.
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