- 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.
- Archaic. to associate in a familiar way.
Also especially British, fa·mil·iar·ise.
Origin of familiarize
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Examples from the Web for familiarize
Chen was hastily assigned a public defender who didn't have time to familiarize himself with Chen's case.Chen Guangcheng Fears Authorities Will Persecute Relatives He Leaves Behind
May 8, 2012
These are some of the devices by which Plato, like a modern novelist, seeks to familiarize the marvellous.Statesman
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
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
- to make (oneself or someone else) familiar, as with a particular subject
- to make (something) generally known or accepted
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Word Origin and History for familiarize
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