acquaint

[uh-kweynt]
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- know + -tus past participle suffix

preacquaint, verb (used with object)
reacquaint, verb (used with object)
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To reacquaint
Collins
World English Dictionary
acquaint (əˈkweɪnt)
 
vb (foll by with or of)
1.  to make (a person) familiar or conversant (with); inform (of)
2.  chiefly (US) (foll by with) to introduce (to); bring into contact (with)
 
[C13: via Old French and Medieval Latin from Latin accognitus, from accognōscere to know perfectly, from ad- (intensive) + cognōscere to know]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Only years later would he and music reunite, and by so doing, reacquaint
  himself with himself all over again.
Take time to reacquaint yourself with your community's recycling program.
They are an excellent way to network and meet new people and reacquaint with
  old ones.
Be kind to your body and reacquaint yourself with healthy eating habits and
  fitness.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;