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

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Other Words from familiarize

familiarization \ fə-​ˌmil-​yə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce familiarization (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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After she was paralyzed, Nichols spent years familiarizing herself with and learning how to move within her body. Gianluca Russo, Glamour, "Paralympian Alana Nichols Is Facing Her Biggest Challenge Yet: Motherhood as a Disabled Woman," 24 Mar. 2019 Before opening the hotel, Humm and Guidara launched the NoMad food truck to familiarize themselves with Los Angeles and its neighborhoods. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "Chef Daniel Humm gives an exclusive first look at NoMad in downtown L.A., open Sunday," 16 Jan. 2018 Your best bet is to familiarize yourself with the ingredients in your products, including which ones do and don’t play nicely with your skin. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "Here's What It Means If You Got a Skin Reaction From Your Makeup," 1 Mar. 2019 Today's visit gave Meghan an opportunity to familiarize herself with the theater's work and staff. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived at the National Theatre Wearing a Pale Pink Brandon Maxwell Dress," 30 Jan. 2019 Gifted experts say tutoring can boost scores simply by familiarizing children with the test’s format and helping them learn to focus for extended periods under a stranger’s supervision. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Some Parents Pay Up to $400 an Hour to Prep 4-Year-Olds for NYC’s Gifted Test," 3 Oct. 2018 Tree killer 5: Improper pruning Take the time to familiarize yourself with pruning methods. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: ​​​​​​​Tree-killing practices exposed," 2 Mar. 2018 From retaining signees to familiarizing himself with returnees, to hiring a staff, touring Spain and leading the Bulldogs to another NCAA tournament, the coach went nonstop. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "A year later, LaVall Jordan has a new contract and kept the old Butler Way," 13 June 2018 The aim of the exercise is to familiarize the first team with the challenge that lies in wait. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The ‘Two Worlds’ of the Champions League Keep Drifting Apart," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of familiarize

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of familiarize was in 1593

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English Language Learners Definition of familiarize

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


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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