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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kweynt]
    • /əˈkweɪnt/
    • /əˈkweɪnt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kweynt]
    • /əˈkweɪnt/

Definitions of acquaint word

  • verb acquaint If you acquaint someone with something, you tell them about it so that they know it. If you acquaint yourself with something, you learn about it. 3
  • verb acquaint to make (a person) familiar or conversant (with); inform (of) 3
  • verb acquaint to introduce (to); bring into contact (with) 3
  • verb transitive acquaint to let know; give knowledge to; make aware; inform 3
  • verb transitive acquaint to cause to know personally; make familiar with 3
  • verb with object acquaint to make more or less familiar, aware, or conversant (usually followed by with): to acquaint the mayor with our plan. 1

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Origin of acquaint

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English aqueinten, acointen < Anglo-French acointer, Old French acoint(i)er, verbal derivative of acointe familiar, known < Latin accognitus, past participle of accognōscere to recognize, equivalent to ac- ac- + co- co- + gni- know1 + -tus past participle suffix

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Parts of speech for Acquaint


acquaint popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for acquaint

verb acquaint

  • accustom — If you accustom yourself or another person to something, you make yourself or them become used to it.
  • familiarize — to make (onself or another) well-acquainted or conversant with something.
  • apprise — When you are apprised of something, someone tells you about it.
  • inform — to give or impart knowledge of a fact or circumstance to: He informed them of his arrival.
  • advise — If you advise someone to do something, you tell them what you think they should do.

Antonyms for acquaint

verb acquaint

  • delude — If you delude yourself, you let yourself believe that something is true, even though it is not true.
  • conceal — If you conceal something, you cover it or hide it carefully.
  • hide — Informal. to administer a beating to; thrash.
  • withhold — to hold back; restrain or check.
  • suppress — to put an end to the activities of (a person, body of persons, etc.): to suppress the Communist and certain left-leaning parties.

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