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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
friendship or intimacy; as, I know the man; but have no
acquaintance with him.
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Contract no friendship, or even acquaintance, with a
guileful man. --Sir W.
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2. A person or persons with whom one is acquainted.
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Montgomery was an old acquaintance of Ferguson.
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Note: In this sense the collective term acquaintance was
formerly both singular and plural, but it is now
commonly singular, and has the regular plural
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{To be of acquaintance}, to be intimate.

{To take acquaintance of} or {with}, to make the acquaintance
of. [Obs.]
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Syn: Familiarity; intimacy; fellowship; knowledge.

Usage: {Acquaintance}, {Familiarity}, {Intimacy}. These words
mark different degrees of closeness in social
intercourse. Acquaintance arises from occasional
intercourse; as, our acquaintance has been a brief
one. We can speak of a slight or an intimate
acquaintance. Familiarity is the result of continued
acquaintance. It springs from persons being frequently
together, so as to wear off all restraint and reserve;
as, the familiarity of old companions. Intimacy is the
result of close connection, and the freest interchange
of thought; as, the intimacy of established
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Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our
nearer acquaintance with him. --Addison.
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We contract at last such a familiarity with them
as makes it difficult and irksome for us to call
off our minds. --Atterbury.
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It is in our power to confine our friendships
and intimacies to men of virtue. --Rogers.
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Accredit \Ac*cred"it\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Accredited}; p. pr.
& vb. n. {Accrediting}.] [F. accr['e]diter; [`a] (L. ad)
cr['e]dit credit. See {Credit}.]
1. To put or bring into credit; to invest with credit or
authority; to sanction.
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His censure will . . . accredit his praises.
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These reasons . . . which accredit and fortify mine
opinion. --Shelton.
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2. To send with letters credential, as an ambassador, envoy,
or diplomatic agent; to authorize, as a messenger or
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Beton . . . was accredited to the Court of France.
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3. To believe; to credit; to put trust in.
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The version of early Roman history which was
accredited in the fifth century. --Sir G. C.
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He accredited and repeated stories of apparitions
and witchcraft. --Southey.
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4. To credit; to vouch for or consider (some one) as doing
something, or (something) as belonging to some one.
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{To accredit} (one) {with} (something), to attribute
something to him; as, Mr. Clay was accredited with these
views; they accredit him with a wise saying.
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With \With\, prep. [OE. with, AS. wi? with, against; akin to AS.
wi?er against, OFries. with, OS. wi?, wi?ar, D. weder,
we[^e]r (in comp.), G. wider against, wieder gain, OHG. widar
again, against, Icel. vi? against, with, by, at, Sw. vid at,
by, Dan. ved, Goth. wipra against, Skr. vi asunder. Cf.
{Withdraw}, {Withers}, {Withstand}.]
With denotes or expresses some situation or relation of
nearness, proximity, association, connection, or the like. It
is used especially:
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1. To denote a close or direct relation of opposition or
hostility; -- equivalent to against.
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Thy servant will . . . fight with this Philistine.
--1 Sam. xvii.
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Note: In this sense, common in Old English, it is now
obsolete except in a few compounds; as, withhold;
withstand; and after the verbs fight, contend,
struggle, and the like.
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2. To denote association in respect of situation or
environment; hence, among; in the company of.
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I will buy with you, talk with you, walk with you,
and so following; but I will not eat with you, drink
with you, nor pray with you. --Shak.
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Pity your own, or pity our estate,
Nor twist our fortunes with your sinking fate.
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See where on earth the flowery glories lie;
With her they flourished, and with her they die.
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There is no living with thee nor without thee.
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Such arguments had invincible force with those pagan
philosophers. --Addison.
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3. To denote a connection of friendship, support, alliance,
assistance, countenance, etc.; hence, on the side of.
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Fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee.
--Gen. xxvi.
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4. To denote the accomplishment of cause, means, instrument,
etc; -- sometimes equivalent to by.
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That with these fowls I be all to-rent. --Chaucer.
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Thou wilt be like a lover presently,
And tire the hearer with a book of words. --Shak.
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[He] entertained a coffeehouse with the following
narrative. --Addison.
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With receiving your friends within and amusing them
without, you lead a good, pleasant, bustling life of
it. --Goldsmith.
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5. To denote association in thought, as for comparison or
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Can blazing carbuncles with her compare. --Sandys.
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6. To denote simultaneous happening, or immediate succession
or consequence.
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With that she told me . . . that she would hide no
truth from me. --Sir P.
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With her they flourished, and with her they die.
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With this he pointed to his face. --Dryden.
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7. To denote having as a possession or an appendage; as, the
firmament with its stars; a bride with a large fortune. "A
maid with clean hands." --Shak.
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Note: With and by are closely allied in many of their uses,
and it is not easy to lay down a rule by which to
distinguish their uses. See the Note under {By}.
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With \With\, n.
See {Withe}.
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Withe \Withe\ (?; 277), n. [OE. withe. ????. See {Withy}, n.]
[Written also {with}.]
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1. A flexible, slender twig or branch used as a band; a
willow or osier twig; a withy.
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2. A band consisting of a twig twisted.
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3. (Naut.) An iron attachment on one end of a mast or boom,
with a ring, through which another mast or boom is rigged
out and secured; a wythe. --R. H. Dana, Jr.
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4. (Arch.) A partition between flues in a chimney.
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74 Moby Thesaurus words for "with":
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in company with, in conjunction with, in cooperation with,
in despite of, in favor of, in keeping with, in line with,
in spite of, in there with, in virtue of, including, inclusive of,
irregardless, irrespective of, let alone, linked to, mid, midst,
near, next to, not to mention, on, over and above, partnered with,
per, plus, pro, regardless, regardless of, regardless of cost,
right with, spite of, thanks to, thereby, therewith, through, to,
together on, together with, toward, upon, via, whereby, wherewith,

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