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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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  • 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.
  • Sound fiscal policy must do more than reacquaint consumers with old, bad habits.
  • 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.
  • Its avowed purpose was to acquaint the judge with the law and to reacquaint the judge with the facts.
  • Please reacquaint yourself with our agreement, enjoy the successes that we've accomplished together.
British Dictionary definitions for reacquaint

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 reacquaint

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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