acquaint


acquaint
acquaint (v.) early 13c., from O.Fr. acointier "make known, make acquaintance of," from V.L. accognitare "to make known," from L. accognitus "acquainted with," pp. of accognoscere "know well," from ad- "to" (see AD- (Cf. ad-)) + cognitus, pp. of cogniscere "come to know," from com- "with" (see COM- (Cf. com-)) + gnoscere "know" (see NOTICE (Cf. notice)). Originally reflective, "to make oneself known;" sense of "to gain for oneself personal knowledge of" is from early 14c. Related: ACQUAINTED (Cf. Acquainted); acquainting.

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  • Acquaint — Ac*quaint , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Acquainted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Acquainting}.] [OE. aqueinten, acointen, OF. acointier, LL. adcognitare, fr. L. ad + cognitus, p. p. of cognoscere to know; con + noscere to know. See {Quaint}, {Know}.] 1. To furnish …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Acquaint — Ac*quaint , a. [OF. acoint. See {Acquaint}, v. t.] Acquainted. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acquaint — ► VERB 1) (acquaint with) make (someone) aware of or familiar with. 2) (be acquainted with) know personally. 3) (be acquainted) (of two or more people) know each other personally. ORIGIN Latin accognitare, from cognoscere come to know …   English terms dictionary

  • acquaint — [ə kwānt′] vt. [ME aqueinten < OFr acointier < ML adcognitare < L ad , to + cognitus, pp. of cognoscere, to know thoroughly < con , with gnoscere, KNOW] 1. to let know; give knowledge to; make aware; inform [to acquaint oneself with… …   English World dictionary

  • acquaint — index apprise, communicate, convey (communicate), disabuse, disclose, divulge, enlighten, impart …   Law dictionary

  • acquaint — *inform, apprise, advise, notify Analogous words: tell, *reveal, disclose, divulge: *teach, instruct, educate, school: accustom, *habituate Contrasted words: conceal, *hide: withhold, reserve, hold, hold back (i …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • acquaint — [v] inform oneself or another about something new accustom, advise, apprise, bring out, clue, come out with*, disclose, divulge, enlighten, familiarize, fill in, fix up*, get together*, habituate, inform, intro*, introduce, knock down*, let know …   New thesaurus

  • acquaint — UK [əˈkweɪnt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms acquaint : present tense I/you/we/they acquaint he/she/it acquaints present participle acquainting past tense acquainted past participle acquainted formal to give someone information about something …   English dictionary

  • acquaint — /əˈkweɪnt / (say uh kwaynt) verb (t) 1. (sometimes followed by with) to share information with: *She was urged by no reciprocal sisterly desire to acquaint Norman with her knowledge. –xavier herbert, 1938. 2. US (sometimes followed by to or with) …   Australian English dictionary

  • acquaint — ac|quaint [əˈkweınt] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: acointier, from Medieval Latin accognitare, from Late Latin accognoscere to know perfectly , from Latin ad to + cognoscere to know ] 1.) acquaint yourself with sth formal to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English