Familiarize Fa*mil"iar*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Familiarized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Familiarizing}.] [Cf. F. familiariser.] 1. To make familiar or intimate; to habituate; to accustom; to make well known by practice or converse; as, to familiarize one's self with scenes of distress; we familiarized ourselves with the new surroundings. [1913 Webster]

2. To make acquainted, or skilled, by practice or study; as, to familiarize one's self with a business, a book, or a science. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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