[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. familiar,
  2. familiarise,
  3. familiarity,
  4. familiarity breeds contempt,
  5. familiarization,
  6. familiarly,
  7. familism,
  8. familist,
  9. familists,
  10. famille

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

Origin of familiarize

First recorded in 1600–10; familiar + -ize

Related forms
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Examples 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.

    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

British Dictionary definitions for familiarization



/ (fəˈmɪljəˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

to make (oneself or someone else) familiar, as with a particular subject
to make (something) generally known or accepted
Derived Formsfamiliarization or familiarisation, nounfamiliarizer or familiariser, noun

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Word Origin and History for familiarization
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