verb fa·mil·iar·ize \fə-ˈmil-yə-ˌrīz\

: to give (someone) knowledge about something : to make (someone) familiar with something


Full Definition of FAMILIARIZE

transitive verb
:  to make known or familiar <Shakespeare…familiarizes the wonderful — Samuel Johnson>
:  to make well acquainted <familiarize students with good literature>
fa·mil·iar·i·za·tion \-ˌmil-yə-rə-ˈzā-shən\ noun


  1. I've been slowly familiarizing myself with the neighborhood.
  2. <the general's day-to-day duties included familiarizing the president on international developments>

First Known Use of FAMILIARIZE



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FAMILIARIZING Defined for Kids


verb fa·mil·iar·ize \fə-ˈmil-yə-ˌrīz\

Definition of FAMILIARIZE for Kids

:  to make knowledgeable about <He familiarized his students with the library.>


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