a synonym for "acquaintance"?

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A common synonym for  "acquintance"?

asked Jan 12 '13 at 02:33 Simona Mikelionyte New member

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link comment answered Jan 12 '13 at 02:51 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
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Acquaintance can have several meanings.

It can be a friend.

He is an acquaintance of mine.

 

It can mean familiarity.

We had an acquaintance once, but haven't spoken in years.

 

It can also be a verb in another form.

I need to acquaint myself with that.

link comment answered Jan 12 '13 at 02:55 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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An acquaintance is not the same as a friend; the relationship is much more superficial than friendship and usually devoid of any emotional warmth or connection.  An acquaintance is someone you merely know and socially interact with on a superficial level.

 

There is no common synonym for acquaintance; if the person is only someone you know, but not a friend, you can say 'I know him slightly, but we're not friends'.  'I know her to say hi' is also another expression that people use to describe acquaintances.

link comment answered Jan 12 '13 at 05:08 Shawn Mooney Expert

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