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[fuh-mil-yuh-rahyz] /fəˈmɪl yəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), familiarized, familiarizing.
to make (onself or another) well-acquainted or conversant with something.
to make (something) well-known; bring into common knowledge or use.
Archaic. to make familiar; establish (a person) in friendly intimacy.
verb (used without object), familiarized, familiarizing.
Archaic. to associate in a familiar way.
Also, especially British, familiarise.
Origin of familiarize
1600-10; familiar + -ize
Related forms
familiarization, noun
familiarizer, noun
refamiliarization, noun
refamiliarize, verb (used with object), refamiliarized, refamiliarizing.
unfamiliarized, adjective
1. accustom, acquaint. Unabridged
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  • Have the rest of the students refer to a map to familiarize themselves with the place.
  • If you are planning to winter camp, familiarize yourself with ways to prevent and treat hypothermia and frostbite.
British Dictionary definitions for familiarize


verb (transitive)
to make (oneself or someone else) familiar, as with a particular subject
to make (something) generally known or accepted
Derived Forms
familiarization, familiarisation, noun
familiarizer, familiariser, noun
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Word Origin and History for familiarize

c.1600, "to make well known," from familiar + -ize. Related: Familiarized; familiarizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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