acquaint

When you acquaint yourself with something, you familiarize yourself with it. When you visit a new city, you should acquaint yourself with the layout of the streets so you don’t get lost.

You can also acquaint yourself with another person, by introducing yourself and getting know them. When you see the moving truck pull in across the street, you might want to run over and acquaint yourself with your new neighbors. The word acquaint comes via French from the Latin accognoscere, which is made up of ad- “to,” or “toward,” and cognoscere “come to know.”

Definitions of acquaint
  1. verb
    cause to come to know personally
    “permit me to acquaint you with my son”
    synonyms: introduce, present
    familiarise, familiarize
    make familiar or conversant with
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    re-introduce, reintroduce
    introduce anew
    present
    formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
    bring out, introduce
    bring before the public for the first time, as of an actor, song, etc.
    type of:
    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  2. verb
    make familiar or conversant with
    “you should acquaint yourself with your new computer”
    synonyms: familiarise, familiarize
    introduce, present
    cause to come to know personally
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    orient
    familiarize (someone) with new surroundings or circumstances
    verse
    familiarize through thorough study or experience
    reacquaint
    familiarize anew
    get into
    familiarize oneself thoroughly with
    type of:
    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  3. verb
    inform
    “Please acquaint your colleagues of your plans to move”
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    type of:
    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
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