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

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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 The program will allow a team of regulators, chosen by the Elysée, to familiarize [itself] with the tools and processes set up by Facebook to fight against hate speech. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "French investigators to work directly with Facebook to monitor hate speech," 12 Nov. 2018 The company is also responsible for the Lexus ad campaign that familiarized America with giant car bows. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Does anyone really buy the giant car bows you see in every commercial?," 18 Dec. 2018 Take advantage of orientation, which will help familiarize you with your new school! Fresh U, Teen Vogue, "7 Tips For Preparing For College Orientation," 10 July 2018 And for such users in Vivaldi 2.0, there are naturally a few new shortcuts worth familiarizing yourself with: for example, there are now predefined shortcuts for moving tabs left and right. Scott Gilbertson, Ars Technica, "Vivaldi 2.0 review: The modern Web browser does not have to be so bland," 19 Oct. 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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