An example of acquaint is to study and practice a new computer system to become comfortable with it.
- to let (someone) know; give knowledge to; make (someone) aware; inform: followed by with: to acquaint oneself with the facts
- to cause to know personally; make (someone) familiar with someone or something: are you acquainted with my brother?
Origin of acquaintMiddle English aqueinten ; from Old French acointier ; from Medieval Latin adcognitare ; from Classical Latin ad-, to + cognitus, past participle of cognoscere, to know thoroughly ; from con-, with gnoscere, know
transitive verbac·quaint·ed, ac·quaint·ing, ac·quaints
- a. To cause to come to know personally: Let me acquaint you with my family.b. To make familiar: acquainted myself with the controls.
- To inform: Please acquaint us with your plans.
Origin of acquaintMiddle English aqueinten, from Old French acointier, from Medieval Latin accognitare, from Latin accognitus, past participle of accogn&omacron;scere, to know perfectly : ad-, intensive pref.; see ad– + cogn&omacron;scere, to know; see cognition.
(third-person singular simple present acquaints, present participle acquainting, simple past and past participle acquainted)
- (obsolete) Acquainted.