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adjective familiar pronunciation in British English /fəˈmɪliə(r)/
  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 think why.
    a familiar face/figure/voice etc: I’m pleased to see so many familiar faces here tonight.
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  2. 2
    a familiar sight, problem etc is common and happens a lot
    Horse-drawn carts used to be a familiar sight.
    all-too familiar: an all-too familiar problem
    horribly/painfully/depressingly familiar: These stories of bureaucratic mistakes are depressingly familiar.
  3. 3
    behaving in an informal or friendly way towards someone who you do not know very well, especially in a way that makes them feel that you do not respect them
    familiar with: Don’t be too familiar with the customers.
    be on familiar terms with someone: She seems to be on very familiar terms with the waiter.
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