I want to write something like

I got to know him when ...

I thought of discovered and learned but they don’t feel right

I discovered him when ...

Discovered sounds like I’ve become a scientist that found a new species and

I learned about him by ...

Learned just sounds wrong.

Any suggestions for replacing “get to know”?

  • Why don't you want to use "get/got to know"? Are you just over using it in a particular text or does it lack some meaning that you also want to convey? – KillingTime Jan 14 at 14:16
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    Does this answer your question? A Good Phrase to Replace "Get To Know" Though the object referent in the example sentence there is a topic rather than a person, some suggestions work in both cases. – Edwin Ashworth Jan 14 at 14:46

I became acquainted with him when...

Collins says:

If you get or become acquainted with someone that you do not know, you talk to each other or do something together so that you get to know each other. You can also say that two people get or become acquainted.

WordHippo gives you some synonyms, so you could also say:

I made his acquaintance or I met him when...


Synonyms for get to know:
meet; become acquainted with; become acquainted; make the acquaintance of; realize; contain; grasp; hold.

  • What's the source of these synonyms? – KillingTime Jan 14 at 15:58

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