- to make (onself or another) well-acquainted or conversant with something.
- to make (something) well-known; bring into common knowledge or use.
- Archaic. to make familiar; establish (a person) in friendly intimacy.
- Archaic. to associate in a familiar way.
Also especially British, fa·mil·iar·ise.
Origin of familiarize
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1. accustom, acquaint.
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Examples from the Web for familiarise
There can be no doubt that Darwin has done much to familiarise us with this attitude.Evolution in Modern Thought
Take him round the house, Cornelia, and familiarise him with his new sphere.Ten Boys from Dickens
Kate Dickinson Sweetser
But the child died early; and the Emperor began to familiarise himself with the idea of dissolving his own marriage.The History of Napoleon Buonaparte
John Gibson Lockhart
I have several times thrown open my bedroom window about dawn for an hour to familiarise myself with the outside noises.
To familiarise her with the stage, he superintended thirty rehearsals thereon, of each character in which she was to appear.
- to make (oneself or someone else) familiar, as with a particular subject
- to make (something) generally known or accepted
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Word Origin and History for familiarise
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