Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to come to know personally: Let me acquaint you with my family.
  • transitive v. To make familiar: acquainted myself with the controls.
  • transitive v. To inform: Please acquaint us with your plans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To furnish or give experimental knowledge of; to make (one) to know; to make familiar.
  • v. To communicate notice to; to inform; to make cognizant.
  • v. To familiarize; to accustom.
  • adj. Acquainted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Acquainted.
  • transitive v. To furnish or give experimental knowledge of; to make (one) to know; to make familiar; -- followed by with.
  • transitive v. To communicate notice to; to inform; to make cognizant; -- followed by with (formerly, also, by of), or by that, introducing the intelligence.
  • transitive v. To familiarize; to accustom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Acquainted; personally or mutually known: as, we are not acquaint.
  • To cause to have acquaintance or be more or less familiar; make conversant: used with with: as, to acquaint one's self, or make one's self acquainted, with a subject; to make persons (to be) acquainted with each other.
  • To furnish with knowledge or information (about); make conversant by notice or communication: with with before the subject of information, and formerly sometimes with of: as, to acquaint a friend with one's proceedings.
  • Synonyms To acquaint (with), make known (to), familiarize (with), introduce (to). To inform (of), communicate (to), apprise (of), mention (to), signify (to), intimate (to), disclose (to), reveal (to), tell (to). See announce and inform.
  • To become acquainted.
  • n. An acquaintance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to come to know personally
  • v. inform
  • v. make familiar or conversant with

Etymologies

Middle English aqueinten, from Old French acointier, from Medieval Latin accognitāre, from Latin accognitus, past participle of accognōscere, to know perfectly : ad-, intensive pref.; see ad- + cognōscere, to know; see cognition.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English aqueinten, acointen, from Old French acointier, from Late Latin adcognitare, from Latin ad + cognitus, past participle of cognoscere ("to know"), from con- + noscere ("to know"). See quaint, know. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I refer the way and manner I was apprehended, to the bearer, and shall only, in short, acquaint your Grace with the demands, which are, that your Grace shall discharge him of all soumes he owes your Grace, and give him the soume of 3400 merks for his loss and damages sustained by him, both at Craigrostown and at his house,

    Rob Roy

  • I refer the way and manner I was apprehended, to the bearer, and shall only, in short, acquaint your Grace with the demands, which are, that your Grace shall discharge him of all soumes he owes your

    Rob Roy — Volume 01

  • 48 But he answered It is not that I wish: I would fain acquaint thee with my true story.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Hall, where the Board waited on the Duke of York to discourse about the disposing of Sir Thomas Allen's fleete, which is newly come home to Portsmouth; and here Middleton and I did in plain terms acquaint the Duke of York what we thought and had observed in the late

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete

  • Portsmouth; and here Middleton and I did in plain terms acquaint the Duke of York what we thought and had observed in the late Court-martiall, which the Duke did give ear to; and though he thinks not fit to revoke what is already done in this case by a Court-martiall, yet it shall bring forth some good laws in the behaviour of Captains to their under Officers for the time to come.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 73: April/May 1669

  • They at dinner before I come; and, when I had dined, I away home, and thence to White Hall, where the Board waited on the Duke of York to discourse about the disposing of Sir Thomas Allen's fleete, which is newly come home to Portsmouth; and here Middleton and I did in plain terms acquaint the Duke of York what we thought and had observed in the late Court-martiall, which the Duke did give ear to; and though he thinks not fit to revoke what is already done in this case by a Court-martiall, yet it shall bring forth some good laws in the behaviour of Captains to their under Officers for the time to come.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys, Apr/May 1668

  • With me, the "firm conviction" is a matter of "circumstantial evidence," supported by analogy, and fortified by empirical testimony, such as acquaint the world with the facts and findings of science, and which I think admit of no other consistent and rational interpretation.

    The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul The Findings of Natural Science Reduced to Practical Studies in Psychology

  • "acquaint" when Duke did not stand quite so high in favour.

    The Gold of Chickaree

  • The first is to acquaint the hummingbirds with the feeder.

    Boing Boing

  • “I have the pleasure,” Speaker John Robinson told Washington, “to acquaint you that the House of Burgesses have taken particular notice of the bravery of yourself, and the rest of the officers and soldiers under your command, in the gallant defence of your country, and have ordered me to return their thanks for it.”

    George Washington’s First War

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