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 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
Recent Examples on the Web That time to familiarize will be critical, especially for eight early enrollees from the program’s 2020 signing class, two new lead coordinators and five new assistants. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Coaching staff won’t be only thing different about Texas in 2020," 12 Feb. 2020 Arrangements can also be made for respite care for times such as post-surgery, when a caregiver needs a break from their duties, or even if someone wants to experience an overnight stay to familiarize themselves with the building and its services. cleveland, "Rocky River’s Harbor Court assisted living highlights recent upgrades during tours," 14 Jan. 2020 Frank Siegien watched a lot of his brother’s games over the years, which familiarized him with the competition level and style of many of the conference’s squads. Steve Reaven, chicagotribune.com, "A business decision: Glenbrook North grad Frank Siegien heads to Lake Forest College," 15 July 2019 For example, in Bolivia, our journalists made multiple trips to a remote village to familiarize the community with the idea of what a drone is, and to get permission from the village leaders before bringing this new technology into their community. The New York Times, New York Times, "Taking Visual Journalism Into the Sky With Drones," 2 May 2018 Hiring a Realtor to guide you through the process and familiarizing yourself with the steps will ensure a successful transaction. John Nugent, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Not so fast when it comes to home closing," 1 Feb. 2020 Watch it below, and familiarize yourself with the Prince Terrence. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Rare Form's 'All Night' Is the After-Hours Slow Jam Clubland Has Been Waiting For: Watch," 10 July 2019 Why not guide them through with cooking kits that will teach new recipes and familiarize them with tools and ingredients? Kristen Massad, Dallas News, "Want to try a kids cooking subscription box? Here's why we love them," 21 June 2019 The crew came in to look at them all and familiarize themselves with each item. Kathryn Tully, Smithsonian, "At 21, Ann Montgomery Became a Lead Engineer at NASA, Managing the Cameras and Other Crucial Gear Used on the Moon," 1 Apr. 2012

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First Known Use of familiarize

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Familiarize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/familiarize. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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