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adjective     familiar pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    well known to you, or easily recognized by you

    People are more relaxed in familiar surroundings.

    familiar to:

    The name Harry Potter will be familiar to many readers.

    vaguely familiar:

    His face looked vaguely familiar but I couldn’t remember where we’d met.

    a familiar face/figure/voice etc.:

    I’m pleased to see so many familiar faces here tonight.

  2. 2
    a familiar sight, problem, etc. is common and happens a lot

    Horse-drawn carriages used to be a familiar sight.

    horribly/painfully/depressingly familiar:

    These stories of bureaucratic mistakes are depressingly familiar.

    all-too familiar:

    an all-too familiar problem

  3. 3
    behaving in an informal or friendly way toward someone who you do not know very well, especially in a way that makes them feel that you do not respect them
    be on familiar terms with someone:

    She seems to be on very familiar terms with the waiter.

    familiar with:

    Don’t be too familiar with the customers.



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