familiarize

verb fa·mil·iar·ize \ fə-ˈmil-yə-ˌrīz \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of familiarize

familiarized; familiarizing
transitive verb
1 :to make known or familiar
  • Shakespeare … familiarizes the wonderful
  • —Samuel Johnson
2 :to make well acquainted
  • familiarize students with good literature

familiarization

play \fə-ˌmil-yə-rə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of familiarize in a Sentence

  1. I've been slowly familiarizing myself with the neighborhood.

  2. the general's day-to-day duties included familiarizing the president on international developments

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First Known Use of familiarize

1593


FAMILIARIZE Defined for English Language Learners

familiarize

verb

Definition of familiarize for English Language Learners

  • : to give (someone) knowledge about something : to make (someone) familiar with something


FAMILIARIZE Defined for Kids

familiarize

verb fa·mil·iar·ize \ fə-ˈmil-yə-ˌrīz \

Definition of familiarize for Students

familiarized; familiarizing
:to make knowledgeable about
  • He familiarized his students with the library.


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