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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 familiarize
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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


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 familiarize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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