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[ fuh-mil-yuh-rahyz ]

verb (used with object)

, fa·mil·iar·ized, fa·mil·iar·iz·ing.
  1. to make (onself or another person) well-acquainted or conversant with something.

    Synonyms: acquaint, accustom

  2. to make (something) well-known; bring into common knowledge or use.
  3. Archaic. to make familiar; establish (a person) in friendly intimacy.

verb (used without object)

, fa·mil·iar·ized, fa·mil·iar·iz·ing.
  1. Archaic. to associate in a familiar way.


/ fəˈmɪljəˌraɪz /


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

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Derived Forms

  • faˌmiliariˈzation, noun
  • faˈmiliarˌizer, noun

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Other Words From

  • fa·miliar·i·zation noun
  • fa·miliar·izer noun
  • refa·miliar·i·zation noun
  • refa·miliar·ize verb (used with object) refamiliarized refamiliarizing
  • unfa·miliar·ized adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of familiarize1

First recorded in 1600–10; familiar + -ize

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Example Sentences

Before you strap on a harness, though, Perry recommends taking a few days to familiarize your dog with the equipment, as they may not be comfortable with it at first.

A good way to familiarize them with the machine, Mychenberg says, is to walk them next to it.

Over the next four years, he familiarized himself with the Western practice of law through his PhD research and a series of internships at international organizations.

Knowledge Panels can also familiarize searchers with your organization and point them to resources they may be looking for, such as your customer service number, social profiles or even your most popular products.

Councilman Cate should familiarize himself with the laws that govern household employees.

Chen was hastily assigned a public defender who didn't have time to familiarize himself with Chen's case.

Officers and members should familiarize themselves thoroughly with the details of such a manual.

Every one who ever took the trouble to familiarize himself with his work made it.

Then chuck and re-chuck to familiarize yourself with every operative part of the lathe, and never try to force the cutting tool.

The reader should familiarize himself with the physiology of the ear by reference to physiologies.

Teach the student to listen closely to his own voice, and familiarize him with correct models of singing.


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