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acquaintancenoun

uk   /əˈkweɪn.təns/ us   /əˈkweɪn.təns/
C1 [C] a person that you have met but do not know well: a business acquaintance
[U] formal used in some expressions about knowing or meeting people: It was at the Taylors' party that I first made his acquaintance (= first met him). I wasn't sure about Darryl when I first met her, but on further acquaintance (= knowing her a little more) I rather like her.
[U] formal knowledge of a subject: Sadly, my acquaintance with Spanish literature is rather limited.

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acquaintanceship
noun [C or U] uk   /əˈkweɪn.təns.ʃɪp/ us   /əˈkweɪn.təns.ʃɪp/ formal
Ours was a strictly professional acquaintanceship (= relationship).
(Definition of acquaintance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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acquaintancenoun [C/U]

us   /əˈkweɪn·təns/
a person whom you know but do not know well and who is therefore not exactly a friend
Acquaintance is also knowledge about something: [U] The young have little acquaintance with real-life tragedy.
(Definition of acquaintance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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