fa·​mil·​iar·​ize | \ fə-ˈmil-yə-ˌrīz How to pronounce familiarize (audio) \
familiarized; familiarizing

Definition of familiarize

transitive verb

1 : to make known or familiar Shakespeare … familiarizes the wonderful— Samuel Johnson
2 : to make well acquainted familiarize students with good literature

Other Words from familiarize

familiarization \ fə-​ˌmil-​yə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce familiarize (audio) \ noun

Examples of familiarize in a Sentence

I've been slowly familiarizing myself with the neighborhood. the general's day-to-day duties included familiarizing the president on international developments
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First Known Use of familiarize

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 May 2022

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“Familiarize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/familiarize. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for familiarize


fa·​mil·​iar·​ize | \ fə-ˈmil-yə-ˌrīz How to pronounce familiarize (audio) \
familiarized; familiarizing

Kids Definition of familiarize

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

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