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ac·quain·tance

 (ə-kwān′təns)
n.
1.
a. Knowledge of a person acquired by a relationship less intimate than friendship.
b. A relationship based on such knowledge: struck up an acquaintance with our new neighbor.
2. A person whom one knows.
3. Knowledge or information about something or someone: has a passing acquaintance with Chinese history.
Idiom:
make (someone's) acquaintance
To meet someone for the first time: I made his acquaintance at a business conference.

ac·quain′tance·ship′ n.

acquaintance

(əˈkweɪntəns)
n
1. a person with whom one has been in contact but who is not a close friend
2. knowledge of a person or thing, esp when slight
3. make the acquaintance of to come into social contact with
4. those persons collectively whom one knows
5. (Philosophy) philosophy the relation between a knower and the object of his knowledge, as contrasted with knowledge by description (esp in the phrase knowledge by acquaintance)
acˈquaintanceˌship n

ac•quaint•ance

(əˈkweɪn tns)

n.
1. a person known to one, but usu. not a close friend.
2. the state of being acquainted.
3. personal knowledge as a result of study, experience, etc.
4. (used with a pl. v.) the persons with whom one is acquainted.
Also, ac•quaint′ance•ship` (for defs. 2,3).
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French]
syn: acquaintance, associate, companion, friend refer to a person with whom one is in contact. An acquaintance is a person one knows, though not intimately: a casual acquaintance at school. An associate is a person who is often in one's company, usu. because of some work or pursuit in common: a business associate. A companion is a person who shares one's activities or fortunes; the term usu. suggests a familiar relationship: a traveling companion; a companion in despair. A friend is a person with whom one is on intimate terms and for whom one feels a warm affection: a trusted friend.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acquaintance - personal knowledge or information about someone or somethingacquaintance - personal knowledge or information about someone or something
information - knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction
2.acquaintance - a relationship less intimate than friendshipacquaintance - a relationship less intimate than friendship
relationship - a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
3.acquaintance - a person with whom you are acquaintedacquaintance - a person with whom you are acquainted; "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances"; "we are friends of the family"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
bunkmate - someone who occupies the same sleeping quarters as yourself
campmate - someone who lives in the same camp you do
connection - (usually plural) a person who is influential and to whom you are connected in some way (as by family or friendship); "he has powerful connections"
end man - a man at one end of a row of people
homeboy - a male friend from your neighborhood or hometown
messmate - (nautical) an associate with whom you share meals in the same mess (as on a ship)
pickup - a casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships
class fellow, classmate, schoolfellow, schoolmate - an acquaintance that you go to school with
stranger, unknown, alien - anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
stranger - an individual that one is not acquainted with

acquaintance

noun
1. associate, contact, ally, colleague, comrade, confrère He exchanged a few words with the man, an old acquaintance of his.
associate good friend, intimate, buddy, main man (slang, chiefly U.S.)
2. relationship, association, exchange, connection, intimacy, fellowship, familiarity, companionship, social contact, cognizance, conversance, conversancy He becomes involved in a real murder mystery through his acquaintance with a police officer.
relationship ignorance, unfamiliarity
Quotations
"Should auld acquaintance be forgot,"
"And never brought to mind?" [Robert Burns Auld Lang Syne]
"I look upon every day to be lost, in which I do not make a new acquaintance" [Dr. Johnson]
"acquaintance: a person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]

acquaintance

noun
1. A person whom one knows casually:
2. Personal knowledge derived from participation or observation:
Translations
أحَد مَعَارِف المَرْءمَعْرِفَة بِ
známýznalost
bekendtkendskab
tuttavatuttu
poznanicapoznanikpoznanstvo
ismeretismerõs
kunningiòekking
známy
znanec

acquaintance

[əˈkweɪntəns] N
1. (with person) → relación f; (with subject etc) → conocimiento m
to make sb's acquaintanceconocer a algn
I am very glad to make your acquaintancetengo mucho gusto en conocerlo
a plumber of my acquaintanceun fontanero que conozco
I don't have the honour of her acquaintanceno tengo el honor de conocerla
it improves on acquaintancemejora a medida que lo vas conociendo
on closer or further acquaintance it seems less attractiveal conocerlo mejor tiene menos atracción
to renew (one's) acquaintance with sbreanudar la amistad con algn
see also nod C4
2. (= person) → conocido/a m/f
an acquaintance of mineun conocido mío
we're just acquaintancesnos conocemos ligeramente nada más
we're old acquaintancesnos conocemos desde hace tiempo
to have a wide circle of acquaintancesconocer a muchas personas

acquaintance

[əˈkweɪntəns] n
(= person) → connaissance f acquaintance rape
(= knowledge of someone or something) → connaissance f
to have little acquaintance with sth → être peu au fait de qch
to make sb's acquaintance → faire la connaissance de qn
to strike up an acquaintance with sb → lier connaissance avec qn
a person of my acquaintance → une personne de ma connaissanceacquaintance rape n viol dont l'auteur est connu de la victime

acquaintance

n
(= person)Bekannte(r) mf; we’re just acquaintanceswir kennen uns bloß flüchtig; a wide circle of acquaintancesein großer Bekanntenkreis
(with person) → Bekanntschaft f; (with subject etc) → Kenntnis f (→ with +gen); (intimate, with sorrow etc) → Vertrautheit f; to make somebody’s acquaintance, to make the acquaintance of somebodyjds Bekanntschaft machen; a woman of our acquaintanceeine uns bekannte Dame; I have some acquaintance with Italian winesich kenne mich mit italienischen Weinen einigermaßen aus; it improves on acquaintanceman kommt mit der Zeit auf den Geschmack (davon); perhaps he’ll improve on acquaintancevielleicht gefällt er uns etc besser, wenn wir etc ihn erst einmal näher kennenlernen ? nodding

acquaintance

[əˈkweɪntns] n
a. (with person, subject) acquaintance (with)conoscenza (di)
to make sb's acquaintance → fare la conoscenza di qn
it improves on acquaintance → più lo si conosce e più lo si apprezza
b. (person) → conoscente m/f, conoscenza
a business acquaintance → una conoscenza di lavoro
an acquaintance of mine → un mio conoscente

acquaint

(əˈkweint) verb
1. to make (usually oneself) familiar (with). You must acquaint yourself with the routine of the office.
2. to inform (a person) of. Have you acquainted her with your plans?
acquaintance noun
1. a person whom one knows slightly.
2. (with with) knowledge. My acquaintance with the works of Shakespeare is slight.
be acquainted with
to know or be familiar with. I'm not acquainted with her father.
make someone's acquaintance
to get to know someone. I made her acquaintance when on holiday in France.

acquaintance

n. conocimiento; trato; [person] un conocido, una conocida.
References in classic literature ?
Her story was as full of desperation and despair as her limited acquaintance with those uncomfortable emotions enabled her to make it, and having located it in Lisbon, she wound up with an earthquake, as a striking and appropriate denouement.
But our friends did not seek the acquaintance of their rivals.
ON SUNDAY MORNING Otto Fuchs was to drive us over to make the acquaintance of our new Bohemian neighbours.
She handled her brushes with a certain ease and freedom which came, not from long and close acquaintance with them, but from a natural aptitude.
A kindly eyed, sad woman with a basket on her knee smiled upon Andrews with the familiarity of an old acquaintance.
Our acquaintance with the whole subject is derived chiefly from tradition.
She bore in her arms a child, a baby of some three months old, who winked and turned aside its little face from the too vivid light of day; because its existence, heretofore, had brought it acquaintance only with the grey twilight of a dungeon, or other darksome apartment of the prison.
Besides, there is no encouragement for ghosts in most of our villages, for they have scarcely had time to finish their first nap and turn themselves in their graves, before their surviving friends have travelled away from the neighborhood; so that when they turn out at night to walk their rounds, they have no acquaintance left to call upon.
My acquaintance with sheets of water was small, and the pool of Bly, at all events on the few occasions of my consenting, under the protection of my pupils, to affront its surface in the old flat-bottomed boat moored there for our use, had impressed me both with its extent and its agitation.
Like some poor devils ashore that happen to know an irascible great man, they make distant unobtrusive salutations to him in the street, lest if they pursued the acquaintance further, they might receive a summary thump for their presumption.
Jerry had now to look out for another horse, and he soon heard of one through an acquaintance who was under-groom in a nobleman's stables.
The most uncanny thing about this neighborhood was the number of the children; you thought there must be a school just out, and it was only after long acquaintance that you were able to realize that there was no school, but that these were the children of the neighborhood--that there were so many children to the block in Packingtown that nowhere on its streets could a horse and buggy move faster than a walk!