acquaintance

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n acquaintance personal knowledge or information about someone or something
    • n acquaintance a person with whom you are acquainted "I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances","we are friends of the family"
    • n acquaintance a relationship less intimate than friendship
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Additional illustrations & photos:

PERSONALLY ACQUAINTED WITH SIX AMERICANS PERSONALLY ACQUAINTED WITH SIX AMERICANS
Undesirable Acquaintances. 100 Undesirable Acquaintances. 100
I don't know if you're acquainted with a paper called the Penny Patrician? I don't know if you're acquainted with a paper called the Penny Patrician?

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 81.3% would tell an acquaintance to zip his pants.
    • Acquaintance A person or persons with whom one is acquainted. "Montgomery was an old acquaintance of Ferguson.""Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our nearer acquaintance with him.""We contract at last such a familiarity with them as makes it difficult and irksome for us to call off our minds.""It is in our power to confine our friendships and intimacies to men of virtue."
    • Acquaintance A state of being acquainted, or of having intimate, or more than slight or superficial, knowledge; personal knowledge gained by intercourse short of that of friendship or intimacy; as, I know the man; but have no acquaintance with him. "Contract no friendship, or even acquaintance , with a guileful man."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acquaintance The state of being acquainted, or of being more or less intimately conversant (used with reference to both persons and things); knowledge of; experience in: used with with, and formerly sometimes with of.
    • n acquaintance A person known to one, especially a person with whom one is not on terms of great intimacy: as, he is not a friend, only an acquaintance.
    • n acquaintance The whole body of those with whom one is acquainted: used as a plural, as if for acquaintances. See acquaintant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Acquaintance familiar knowledge: a person whom we know
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Quotations

  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Acquaintance: a degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.”
  • Richard Cecil
    Richard Cecil
    “The history of all the great characters of the Bible is summed up in this one sentence: They acquainted themselves with God, and acquiesced His will in all things.”
  • Thomas C. Haliburton
    Thomas C. Haliburton
    “Hope is a pleasant acquaintance, but an unsafe friend.”
  • Helen Rowland
    Helen%20Rowland
    “When a girl marries, she exchanges the attentions of all the other men of her acquaintance for the inattention of just one.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aqueintance, OF. acointance, fr. acointier,. See Acquaint
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. acointer—Low L. accognitāre—L. ad, to, cognitus, known.

Usage

In literature:

I want to meet your mother; your father I am well acquainted with.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
It will be worth while to make the acquaintance of the new-comer, as far as we can at least, as soon as possible.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
She was coy, and the acquaintance was to have the zest of being no lightly won friendship.
"A Voice in the Wilderness" by Grace Livingston Hill
He had been in his youth at sea, and had still a number of seafaring acquaintance.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
For the third time since I had made his acquaintance I did not know which way to answer.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
His abilities in every respect improve as much upon acquaintance as his manners and person.
"Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
Was it not my duty to acquaint myself with all that my uncle bequeathed to me?
"French and Oriental Love in a Harem" by Mario Uchard
There I once made the acquaintance of the very famous comic actor Hasselt.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
She was reported to have run away from home with a roue, whose acquaintance she had formed, but who soon deserted her.
"The Expressman and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
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In poetry:

Acquaintance; companion;
One dear brilliant woman;
The best-endowed, the elect,
All by their youth undone,
All, all, by that inhuman
Bitter glory wrecked.
"The Results Of Thought" by William Butler Yeats
I have been Merlin wandering in the woods
Of a far country, where the winds waken
Unnatural voices, my mind broken
By a sudden acquaintance with man's rage.
"Taliesin" by R S Thomas
All is but a symbol painted
Of the Poet, Prophet, Seer;
Only those are crowned and sainted
Who with grief have been acquainted,
Making nations nobler, freer.
"Prometheus, Or, The Poet's Forethought. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I wish him success during life;
May he always feel happy and free from strife,
For the kindness he has ever shown to me
During our long acquaintance in Dundee.
"Lines in Memoriam Regarding the Entertainment in Reform Street Hall, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall
I never saw that land before,
And now can never see it again;
Yet, as if by acquaintance hoar
Endeared, by gladness and by pain,
Great was the affection that I bore
"I Never Saw that Land Before" by Edward Thomas
Yet He to whom we come with wishes fervent,
When He came down as bearing our relief,
It was His will to come in form a servant,
Being despised, being acquaint with grief
"Servants" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

The International Furnishings & Design Association's (IFDA) New York Chapter is offering members of the industry an opportunity to get better acquainted with Pinterest and how to use during a special presentation next week.
S ince March 2010, I've become intimately acquainted with many of the things that people in our society no longer want to live with: empty liquor bottles, deflated soccer balls, the guts of deer, aluminum siding.
It's likely your acquaintance is one of more than 75 of the area's "most wanted" business executives and community leaders swept up in the Muscular Dystrophy Association's annual fundraiser.
We have been acquainted with Amy for 18 years.
I became acquainted with Nancy Peterson when we served together on the Superintendent's Parent Advisory Committee.
Explorers will become acquainted with fire and emergency crews and procedures, both in classroom and field environments, including actual "hands-on" field experience.
Regular readers are well acquainted with the antics that sometimes (make that often) get me into trouble with my wife, Yvonne.
OWASSO — A homeowner allegedly shot and killed an acquaintance who tried to enter his residence following an altercation Sunday, police said.
She is one of the hardest working people with whom I have the pleasure of being acquainted.
It might be a friend, a co-worker, a child's teacher or a distant acquaintance from another time and place.
Beacon Hill residents are again invited to make the acquaintance of local law enforcement at another informal "meet and greet" sponsored by the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Safety Committee.
The September following D-Day during World War II, Louise, a business major, and I, a pre-med major, became acquainted at the University of Alabama.
The ransom note referred to them by family nicknames, leading police to hone in on friends and acquaintances.
With each new address — and in 15 years, we've had a dozen of them — my wife, Annie, complained about our dearth of friendships, even mere acquaintances, among our neighbors.
In this Sept 11, 2012, photo, Hailey Fink gets acquainted with a more.
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In science:

This theorem, on first acquaintance, seems to defy common sense — a random process whose outcome is predictable.
The random graph
In his 1929 short story Chains (L´ancszemek, in the original Hungarian) Frigyes Karinthy suggested that the number of people in a chain of acquaintances grows exponentially with size, and thus that very few steps are needed to join anyone with any other person.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
This was later popularised as the Six Degrees of Separation – the famous idea that any two people are linked by a path of only six acquaintances.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
But we are also able to manipulate – if perhaps not quite so well – shapes and symbols we have only just become acquainted with, too recently for them to have been learned synaptically.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
Although these multipole lens models are very simple here, they provide new opportunities to study the image multiplicities of strong gravitational lensing, which could hardly be acquainted by general quadrupole lenses.
Multipole Gravitational Lensing and High-order Perturbations on the Quadrupole Lens
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