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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 familiarized
Historical Examples
  • He had familiarized himself with the armies of other European nations.

  • If there are other significant women in modern art I am not as yet familiarized with them.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • Indeed, he had became so familiarized to the name, that he would answer to none other.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • The historians have familiarized us with the notion of corrupt or degenerate mores.


    William Graham Sumner
  • He was not yet familiarized to the eccentric whims of his friend.

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • But then let us inquire who first trained and familiarized them to it?

    The Ned M'Keown Stories William Carleton
  • It familiarized Europe with the sight of the American flag in European waters.

  • We are all now familiarized to these double and treble names.

  • Don Joaquin had to be familiarized with a scheme some time before he would adopt it.

    Mariquita John Ayscough
  • Thanks to Zachau, Handel was familiarized at an early date with the orchestra.

    Handel Romain Rolland
British Dictionary definitions for familiarized


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 familiarized



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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