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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Meanwhile, Microsoft began to support eye tracking within Windows as an assistive technology, then debuted four eye-tracking games to help developers familiarize themselves with the capabilities. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Tobii lands former Intel PC chip VP to push eye tracking mainstream," 1 July 2019 After a few rooms of simple puzzles to familiarize you with the controls, things get tricky pretty fast. Pete Keeley, The Hollywood Reporter, "E3: 6 Indie Games That Impressed," 15 June 2019 Make several test calls to Aira so an agent can familiarize you with the system. Yomi S. Wrong, latimes.com, "This app acts as a set of eyes for blind or low-vision travelers," 10 June 2019 And, because this is a zoo, to familiarize the animal with certain behaviors to minimize any anxiety about procedures that have to be done to keep her or him healthy. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "When playing with the zoo animals isn't really play," 30 May 2019 After she was paralyzed, Nichols spent years familiarizing herself with and learning how to move within her body. Gianluca Russo, Glamour, "Paralympian Alana Nichols Is Facing Her Biggest Challenge Yet: Motherhood as a Disabled Woman," 24 Mar. 2019 Before opening the hotel, Humm and Guidara launched the NoMad food truck to familiarize themselves with Los Angeles and its neighborhoods. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "Chef Daniel Humm gives an exclusive first look at NoMad in downtown L.A., open Sunday," 16 Jan. 2018 Your best bet is to familiarize yourself with the ingredients in your products, including which ones do and don’t play nicely with your skin. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "Here's What It Means If You Got a Skin Reaction From Your Makeup," 1 Mar. 2019 Today's visit gave Meghan an opportunity to familiarize herself with the theater's work and staff. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived at the National Theatre Wearing a Pale Pink Brandon Maxwell Dress," 30 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of familiarize

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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to form ideas or theories about something

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