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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Rock hounds should also familiarize themselves with the park’s climbing regulations. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Yosemite National Park Travel Guide," 22 Feb. 2021 All pet owners should familiarize themselves with common fire risks, since these naturally curious creatures can easily get into trouble around an open flame or a hot stove. Laura Lajiness, House Beautiful, "6 Ways to Keep Pets Safe At Home This Winter," 6 Jan. 2021 Given the potential size of school contracts, this could be transformative—and also familiarize the next generation with meat alternatives. Time, "How China Could Change the World By Taking Meat Off the Menu," 22 Jan. 2021 And Peter Rowe, director of the Children’s Center Chronic Fatigue Clinic at Johns Hopkins University, urged his fellow physicians to familiarize themselves with ME/CFS. New York Times, "What If You Never Get Better From Covid-19?," 21 Jan. 2021 Read the camera’s manual to familiarize yourself with how and why exposure is controlled in each of those modes. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Rules for Improving Your Outdoor Photography Skills," 7 Jan. 2021 While our journeys were curtailed in 2020, now is the time to familiarize yourself with new camera options and get some practice locally by doing photographic exploration in your own backyard or neighborhood. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "Here are the best compact cameras for 2021," 25 Nov. 2020 Always doublecheck closer to the date of an event, and use the websites and phone numbers listed with each organization to familiarize yourself with an event’s or institution’s COVID-19 precautions. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Arts Season Preview 2020-21: Classical & Choral Music," 22 Sep. 2020 People are cautioned to avoid any activity that could spark a fire, and those in fire-prone areas are advised to assemble emergency supply kits and familiarize themselves with evacuation routes. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "California braces for most dangerous fire weather of the season; PG&E already cutting off power to customers," 25 Oct. 2020

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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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“Familiarize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/familiarize. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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