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 or give experimental knowledge of; to make (one) to know;
to make familiar; -- followed by with.
Before a man can speak on any subject, it is necessary to be
acquainted with it.
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
Isa. liii. 3.
2. To communicate notice to; to inform; to make
cognizant; -- followed by with (formerly, also, by of), or by
that, introducing the intelligence; as, to acquaint a friend
with the particulars of an act.
Acquaint her here of my son Paris' love.
I must acquaint you that I have received
New dated letters from Northumberland.
3. To familiarize; to accustom. [Obs.]
To be acquainted with, to be possessed of personal
knowledge of; to be cognizant of; to be more or less familiar with; to be
on terms of social intercourse with.
Syn. -- To inform; apprise; communicate; advise.
Ac*quaint" (?), a. [OF. acoint. See
Acquaint, v. t.] Acquainted. [Obs.]