fa·mil·iar·ize | \fə-ˈmil-yə-ˌrīz \
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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familiarization \fə-ˌmil-yə-rə-ˈzā-shən \ 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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If driving, be sure to familiarize yourself with road closures, available here. Matt Sabath, ajc, "What You Need to Know Before Running the AJC Peachtree Road Race," 28 June 2018 Every hotel is different, so familiarize yourself with the policy. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "Planning a Trip? Here Are 17 Easy Ways to Save Money on Flights and Hotels," 1 June 2018 Around the same time, Dore purchased her own first tarot deck, pulling a card everyday to familiarize herself with the images and their meanings. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Does Your Therapy Need More Tarot?," 10 July 2018 Bates urges people to conduct an online search on covert cameras to familiarize themselves with different brands and styles. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Police investigate hidden camera found at a Folsom tanning salon | The Sacramento Bee," 17 May 2018 With summer right around the corner, there's no better time to get familiarized with the city's diverse host of icy goodies. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "The best ice cream and frozen yogurt in Houston, according to Yelp," 11 May 2018 Nevertheless, police advised the neighbor to avoid speaking rudely to the woman and to familiarize himself with city code regarding trash. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Resident calls police about garbage-picking neighbor; Arby's reports money missing from safe: Berea police blotter," 29 Mar. 2018 The tech abuse guide from UCL points to a variety of resources, including a service called eSafety Women that familiarizes women with technology threats. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "This New Guide Is Designed to Help Domestic Abuse Victims in Smart Homes," 9 July 2018 The course familiarizes people with the rules of the water, how to navigate, what the signs mean, when to go fast, and how to cross paths with certain boats. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "July is the deadliest month for boaters. Here's how to stay safe this week," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of familiarize

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
familiarized; familiarizing

Kids Definition of familiarize

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

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