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"acquaintance" in British English

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acquaintancenoun

uk   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 ​meetingpeople: 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 withSpanishliterature is ​ratherlimited.

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acquaintanceship
noun [C or U] uk   us   /-ʃɪp/ formal
Ours was a ​strictlyprofessional 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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