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[fuh-mil-yuh-rahyz] /fəˈmɪl yəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), familiarized, familiarizing.
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.
verb (used without object), familiarized, familiarizing.
Archaic. to associate in a familiar way.
Also, especially British, familiarise.
Origin of familiarize
First recorded in 1600-10; familiar + -ize
Related forms
familiarization, noun
familiarizer, noun
refamiliarization, noun
refamiliarize, verb (used with object), refamiliarized, refamiliarizing.
unfamiliarized, adjective
1. accustom, acquaint. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for familiarise
Historical Examples
  • There can be no doubt that Darwin has done much to familiarise us with this attitude.

  • 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.

  • familiarise yourself with all the best examples of drawing you can find, trying to see in nature the same qualities.

  • It is his business to familiarise himself with facts, and, as we all know, the path from familiarity to contempt is an easy one.

    Unconscious Memory Samuel Butler
  • These should familiarise themselves to the employment of apparatus, and to the performance of experiments by actual experience.

    Elements of Chemistry, Antoine Lavoisier
  • To familiarise the technical terms of rhetoric by substituting English descriptive ones, led to a ludicrous result.

    Amenities of Literature

    Isaac Disraeli
  • As things are sure to turn out differently from what you have arranged, this will familiarise you with disappointment.

British Dictionary definitions for familiarise


verb (transitive)
to make (oneself or someone else) familiar, as with a particular subject
to make (something) generally known or accepted
Derived Forms
familiarization, familiarisation, noun
familiarizer, familiariser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for familiarise

chiefly British English spelling of familiarize; for spelling, see -ize. Related: Familiarised; familiarising.



c.1600, "to make well known," from familiar + -ize. Related: Familiarized; familiarizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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