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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Other Words from familiarize

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 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 South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said his staff has gone through available high school footage to familiarize themselves with the two LSU freshman signal callers. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "LSU-South Carolina live stream (10/24): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 24 Oct. 2020 In that case, a new attorney general would have to familiarize himself or herself with the case, but the process likely wouldn’t be sent back to square one, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Ko. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Attorney general is weighing federal death penalty in Poway synagogue shooting," 23 Oct. 2020 Voters should familiarize themselves with the look of the vans, and take care not to hand their ballot over to anyone else. Dara Kam, sun-sentinel.com, "Guard ballot drop boxes, DeSantis tells Florida elections officials in last-minute memo before early voting starts," 17 Oct. 2020 The team took a trip to the Liberty Bowl last Saturday during a bye week to re-familiarize with the home field. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "UCF-Memphis live stream (10/17): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 17 Oct. 2020 As consumers familiarize themselves with the alphabet soup of options, one increasingly popular one is cannabigerol, or CBG, which is used to treat pain and nausea -- and, like CBD, doesn’t have the psychoactive effects of THC. Tiffany Kary, Bloomberg.com, "Race Is On for Synthetic Cannabinoids: Cannabis Weekly," 4 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 19 Jan. 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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