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From Middle English aqueinten, acointen, from Old French acointier, from Late Latin accognitāre, from Latin ad + cognitus, past participle of cognoscere (to know), from con- + noscere (to know). See quaint, know.


  • IPA(key): /əˈkweɪnt/
  • Hyphenation: ac‧quaint
  • Rhymes: -eɪnt


acquaint (third-person singular simple present acquaints, present participle acquainting, simple past and past participle acquainted)

  1. (transitive, followed by with) To furnish or give experimental knowledge of; to make (one) to know; to make familiar.
    • I think you should acquaint him with the realities of the situation.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Locke
      Before a man can speak on any subject, it is necessary to be acquainted with it.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Isaiah 53:3
      A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
  2. (transitive, archaic, followed by of or that) To communicate notice to; to inform; to make cognizant.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To familiarize; to accustom.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Evelyn to this entry?)


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acquaint (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Acquainted.

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