acquaintance
noun
1 person you know
ADJECTIVE
casual

I ran into a casual acquaintance in town.

new
close, old
business, childhood, mutual, personal, social
VERB + ACQUAINTANCE
bump into (esp. BrE), meet, run into
greet

He greeted all his old acquaintances.

PHRASES
friends and acquaintances
2 knowledge of sb/sth
ADJECTIVE
nodding, passing, slight

a man with whom I had a passing acquaintance

brief, short
close, intimate
chance
VERB + ACQUAINTANCE
make sb's/sth's (= become acquainted with sb/sth)

I first made his acquaintance in 2006.

strike up

I first met Simon in 1998 and struck up an acquaintance with him.

renew
PREPOSITION
of sb's acquaintance (formal)

He introduced me to a reporter of his acquaintance.

acquaintance with

her acquaintance with modern philosophy

PHRASES
have an acquaintance with

They have little acquaintance with colloquial English.

on close acquaintance, on closer acquaintance
on first acquaintance

On first acquaintance she seemed a little odd.


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  • Acquaintance — Ac*quaint ance, n. [OE. aqueintance, OF. acointance, fr. acointier. See {Acquaint}.] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • acquaintance — (n.) c.1300, state of being acquainted; late 14c., person with whom one is acquainted; also personal knowledge; from O.Fr. acointance acquaintance, friendship, familiarity, noun of action from acointer (see ACQUAINT (Cf. acquaint)). Acquaintant… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • acquaintance — and description …   Philosophy dictionary

  • acquaintance — index cognition, experience (background), knowledge (awareness) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • acquaintance — *friend, intimate, confidant Analogous words: *associate, companion, comrade, crony Contrasted words: *stranger, outsider …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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