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familiarize

[fuh-mil-yuh-rahyz]
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verb (used with object), fa·mil·iar·ized, fa·mil·iar·iz·ing.
  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), fa·mil·iar·ized, fa·mil·iar·iz·ing.
  1. Archaic. to associate in a familiar way.
Also especially British, fa·mil·iar·ise.

Origin of familiarize

First recorded in 1600–10; familiar + -ize
Related formsfa·mil·iar·i·za·tion, nounfa·mil·iar·iz·er, nounre·fa·mil·iar·i·za·tion, nounre·fa·mil·iar·ize, verb (used with object), re·fa·mil·iar·ized, re·fa·mil·iar·iz·ing.un·fa·mil·iar·ized, adjective

Synonyms

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1. accustom, acquaint.
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Examples from the Web for familiarization

Historical Examples

  • I've been up in one just once, and that was my familiarization flight, when I got into this assignment last year.

    Pushbutton War

    Joseph P. Martino

  • There will be no scores indicated for familiarization firing.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • The crucifix shows us how conventionalization and familiarization set aside all the suggestion which an artifact really carries.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner

  • Of those principles the most original was his familiarization of the sentiment, while he elevated the subject, of the picturesque.


British Dictionary definitions for familiarization

familiarize

familiarise

verb (tr)
  1. to make (oneself or someone else) familiar, as with a particular subject
  2. to make (something) generally known or accepted
Derived Formsfamiliarization or familiarisation, nounfamiliarizer or familiariser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for familiarization

n.

1755, noun of action from familiarize.

familiarize

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper