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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Well-acquainted having intimate personal knowledge
    • ***


  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “An acquaintance is someone we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.”
  • Harry S Truman
    “I got very well acquainted with Joe Stalin, and I like old Joe! He is a decent fellow. But Joe is a prisoner of the Politburo.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wel; cog. with Goth. vaila, Ger. wohl, from the root of will.


In literature:

They little think how well they are already acquainted with the writer they so much honour!
"The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Fanny Burney
It took us several days to cross over, and during that time we got well acquainted with the doctor, who was quite a character.
"The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Vol. I., Part 1" by William T. Sherman
He was some twelve or more years my senior; but we knew enough of each other to be well acquainted at once.
"The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Vol. II., Part 4" by William T. Sherman
We would often take walks, or go on horseback to visit the neighbors, until I became quite well acquainted in that vicinity.
"The Memoirs of General Ulysses S. Grant, Part 1." by Ulysses S. Grant
I knew him very well therefore, and greeted him as an old acquaintance.
"The Memoirs of General Ulysses S. Grant, Part 3." by Ulysses S. Grant
I am not well acquainted with the painters' quarter of London.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
He was well enough acquainted with the character of Dona Victorina to know what she was capable of.
"The Social Cancer" by José Rizal
But he was too well acquainted with the human passions to indulge this their desire.
"The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, Complete" by Tobias Smollett
With all these legends Jeanie Deans was too well acquainted to escape that strong impression which they usually make on the imagination.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Vol. 1., Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
With all these legends Jeanie Deans was too well acquainted to escape that strong impression which they usually make on the imagination.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Author was well acquainted.
"The Antiquary, Volume 2" by Sir Walter Scott
Author was well acquainted.
"The Antiquary, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
Scopus went up to one with whom he was well acquainted.
"Beric the Briton" by G. A. Henty
Later, after making my home in the Yosemite Valley, I became well acquainted with Mr. Clark, while he was guardian.
"The Yosemite" by John Muir
Having become well acquainted with him after the war, he told the writer that he knew Gen.
"Autobiography of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk" by Black Hawk
And again, if they had, they could do nothing, without a pilot well acquainted with the spot.
"Springhaven" by R. D. Blackmore
She liked him already; in fact she had liked few men as well on such brief acquaintance.
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
I am well acquainted with the Superieure of the convent, and I flatter myself that she holds me in esteem.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Thanks to the Egyptian artists, we are well acquainted with the Hittite physical type.
"Patriarchal Palestine" by Archibald Henry Sayce
I was well acquainted with her, and called to see her while upon her sick bed; and I shall never forget her appearance.
"The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave" by William Wells Brown

In poetry:

A double Parson ours was made,
And well acquainted with his trade.
Shall we for talents seek about?
Not in the pulpit, his lay out.
"The Parson In Pickle" by William Hutton
Take no thought for the morrow, the Saviour hath said,
And he spake as ne'er man spake before;
"He carried our sorrows," "was acquainted with grief,"
And knew well what the heart could endure.
""Take no thought for the morrow"" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow

In news:

Tucson's retiree community is well acquainted with death - but not like this.
Even if you never watched a baseball game in your life, there was a pretty good chance you were well acquainted with George Steinbrenner, the 80-year-old New York Yankees owner who died on Tuesday.
I am well acquainted with how difficult change is – especially large-scale change in one's community – but enough is enough.
The testimony, from someone well acquainted with three of the Sept 11 hijackers, provided both a unique account of the Hamburg cell and new details about Al Qaeda recruitment.
Fans of public radio are well acquainted with the show Radiolab.
At 0-7, Adviser Bob Shrum Is Well Acquainted With the Concession Speech.
Nehru jackets will be on there somewhere, as well as the concept of addressing all new acquaintances as "man," and the straight-faced use of the word "macrobiotic.
Regular readers are well acquainted with the antics that sometimes (make that often) get me into trouble with my wife, Yvonne.
I am well acquainted with Larry Sheets.
It isn't often that your eight-year-old son helps you decide on an architect, but that is how homeowners Connie DeWitt and Kam Kasravi became well-acquainted with architect David Fenster of Modulus—their sons are good friends.
Regular Attytood leaders are well acquainted with Grover Norquist, the D.C.-based conservative lobbyist and muckety-muck.
In his memoir Acquainted With the Night, Paul Raeburn courageously and honestly recounts trying to help his two emotionally disturbed children get well.
Naturally, we were well acquainted with the airbags up the wazoo and all of the road-wise technology that makes Volvo, well, a Volvo.
John Alden is an acquaintance of mine, so when he told me he put a video together for the George Strait " Troubadour Contest" well, it blew me away because I did not know that he could sing this good (sorry John).
Too may of us are well-acquainted with hibernation poundage: those extra pounds deposited over fall and winter.

In science:

If persons in the network exchange emails in both directions within the 24 hour sampling frame, that is a strong indication that the conversants are well-acquainted and socially connected.
Tomography of random social networks
The reader who has studied the concepts of Cauchy or Cauchy-Stieltjes transform, continued fraction, operator-valued noncommutative random variables, and semicircular distributions is well acquainted with the following definitions and results.
On Operator-valued Semicircular Random Variables
It is well-known for about 40 years that the mean degree of separation of humans (the mean number of people needed to bind two randomly chosen persons via a chain of acquaintance) is surprisingly small, it takes the value about six.
On computation of clustering coefficient in a class of random networks
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
If the reader is acquainted with all this, he/she can simply look over this section for our notation skipping the main text. A reader interested in deeper understanding of these concepts, as well as in differential geometry as a whole, should consult with the specialized literature.
Handbook of normal frames and coordinates
Andreotti was well-acquainted with the method of discrete group quotients for constructing projective or quasi-projective varieties and was particularly interested in such quotients which arise in moduli problems.
Remarks on homogeneous manifolds satisfying Levi conditions
Observation 1, we can conclude that users with lower degrees(k < kT ) have a well connected neighborhood, i.e., quite a large fraction of these users’ friends are acquainted with each other.
Being Rational or Aggressive? A Revisit to Dunbar's Number in Online Social Networks