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 Students will be familiarized with the vehicle, which will include setting up and adjusting controls for the seat, steering wheel and mirrors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Land Rover launches teen off-road driving courses," 6 Oct. 2019 While some dive buddies have dived together in the past, others must familiarize themselves with a buddy on the day of a dive. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "With search underway for missing diver, questions remain about health and safety," 2 Oct. 2019 Brown, 10th in league history with 62 picks, took Robinson under his wing and taught him the importance of familiarizing his fingertips with the ball, so Robinson took to catching 100 balls before or after each practice. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "The Declining Interception Rate in the NFL," 2 Oct. 2019 According to Cosmos' Loos, the apes were first familiarized with opaque and translucent barriers. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Great Apes May Use Their Own Experience to Guess What Others Will Do," 24 Sep. 2019 Consult an attorney and familiarize yourself with as much financial information as possible before making any announcements. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Man in his 70s wants to know how he can avoid becoming an ‘annoying crank’," 15 Sep. 2019 These are the first of many cases, including lawsuits by Amtrak conductor Garrick Freeman, who was familiarizing himself with the new route, and longtime Amtrak passenger Rudolf Wetzel. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Jury awards $17 million to 3 plaintiffs in deadly Amtrak derailment," 14 Sep. 2019 To prepare for the show Tambunting and most of the other cast members had to familiarize themselves with the Philippine tradition of psychic healing, which is heavily faith-based. NBC News, "'Felix Starro' brings a Filipino story of faith and undocumented immigration to off-Broadway," 6 Sep. 2019 Google found that people used the back function less frequently during those first days of trying out Android Q and familiarizing themselves with it. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google says Android users prefer ergonomics of three-button navigation over gestures," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of familiarize

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Nov 2019

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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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