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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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  • These are some of the devices by which Plato, like a modern novelist, seeks to familiarize the marvellous.

    Statesman Plato
  • A study of the figures will familiarize our readers with the principal forms.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • Not only can they familiarize themselves with the past, they are able to keep up with the present.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • Can you familiarize me with the most direct course to a physician?

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • It was to be a non-stop trip, mostly to familiarize Rick with the terrain.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • What need to familiarize us with the life of such a creature?

  • Among other things, I had to familiarize myself with the character I was about to portray.

  • Profit of that distinction, and familiarize yourself at both.

  • He wanted to familiarize himself at once with the styles and methods of his men.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for familiarize

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 familiarize
v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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