familiarize

[ fuh-mil-yuh-rahyz ]
/ fəˈmɪl yəˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), fa·mil·iar·ized, fa·mil·iar·iz·ing.

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), fa·mil·iar·ized, fa·mil·iar·iz·ing.

Archaic. to associate in a familiar way.

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Also especially British, fa·mil·iar·ise.

Origin of familiarize

First recorded in 1600–10; familiar + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM familiarize

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Example sentences from the Web for familiarization

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

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

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

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  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for familiarization

familiarize

familiarise

/ (fəˈmɪljəˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

to make (oneself or someone else) familiar, as with a particular subject
to make (something) generally known or accepted

Derived forms of familiarize

familiarization or familiarisation, nounfamiliarizer or familiariser, noun
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