familiarize

[fuh-mil-yuh-rahyz]
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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

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British Dictionary definitions for refamiliarizing

familiarize

familiarise

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 refamiliarizing

familiarize

v.

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

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