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Definition of acquaintance noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a person that you know but who is not a close friend Claire has a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. He's just a business acquaintance. I bumped into an old acquaintance on the train.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] acquaintance (with somebody) (formal) slight friendship He hoped their acquaintance would develop further.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] acquaintance with something (formal) knowledge of something I had little acquaintance with modern poetry.
  4. Idioms
    have a nodding acquaintance with somebody/something
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    to only know someone or something slightly
    make somebody's acquaintance, make the acquaintance of somebody (formal)
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    to meet someone for the first time I am delighted to make your acquaintance, Mrs. Baker. I made the acquaintance of several musicians around that time.
    of your acquaintance (formal)
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    that you know No one else of my acquaintance was as rich or successful.
    on/at first acquaintance (formal)
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    when you first meet someone Even on first acquaintance it was clear that he was not “the right type.”
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