ac|quaint|ance [əˈkweıntəns] n
1¦(somebody you know)¦
3 make somebody's acquaintance
5 of your acquaintance
6 on first acquaintance
someone you know, but who is not a close friend
She was a casual acquaintance of my family in Vienna.
He heard about the job through a mutual acquaintance (=someone you and another person both know) .
2.) ¦(RELATIONSHIP)¦ [singular, U]
a relationship with someone you know, but who is not a close friend
They developed an acquaintance over the Internet.
You can't judge her on such short acquaintance (=when you have not known her long) .
My uncle did not improve on further acquaintance (=when you knew him better) .
3.) make sb's acquaintance
formal to meet someone for the first time
I should be delighted to make Mrs McGough's acquaintance.
At the hotel, I made the acquaintance of a young American actor.
4.) ¦(KNOWLEDGE)¦[U] formal
knowledge or experience of a particular subject
acquaintance with
The practice of a lawyer requires acquaintance with court procedures.
have a passing/nodding acquaintance with sth
(=have only slight knowledge or experience of something)
He has a passing acquaintance with a lot of different subjects.
5.) of your acquaintance
formal a person of your acquaintance is someone that you know
The poems were written by various women of her acquaintance.
6.) on first acquaintance
formal when you meet someone for the first time
Most people are nicer than you think on first acquaintance.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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