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.
- (transitive, followed by with) To furnish or give experimental knowledge of; to make (one) to know; to make familiar.
- (transitive, archaic, followed by of or that) To communicate notice to; to inform; to make cognizant.
- (transitive, obsolete) To familiarize; to accustom.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Evelyn to this entry?)
to furnish or give experimental knowledge of
to familiarize; to accustom
acquaint (not comparable)