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familiarize

[fuh-mil-yuh-rahyz] /fəˈmɪl yəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), familiarized, familiarizing.
1.
to make (onself or another) well-acquainted or conversant with something.
2.
to make (something) well-known; bring into common knowledge or use.
3.
Archaic. to make familiar; establish (a person) in friendly intimacy.
verb (used without object), familiarized, familiarizing.
4.
Archaic. to associate in a familiar way.
Also, especially British, familiarise.
Origin of familiarize
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; familiar + -ize
Related forms
familiarization, noun
familiarizer, noun
refamiliarization, noun
refamiliarize, verb (used with object), refamiliarized, refamiliarizing.
unfamiliarized, adjective
Synonyms
1. accustom, acquaint.
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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

familiarize

/fəˈmɪljəˌraɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make (oneself or someone else) familiar, as with a particular subject
2.
to make (something) generally known or accepted
Derived Forms
familiarization, familiarisation, noun
familiarizer, familiariser, noun
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Word Origin and History for familiarise
v.

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

familiarize

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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