From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishfamiliarfa‧mil‧i‧ar1 /fəˈmɪliə $ -ər/ ●●○S3W2 adjective 🔊 🔊 1RECOGNIZEsomeone or something that is familiar is well-known to you and easy to recognize 🔊 a familiar tunelook/sound familiar 🔊 The voice on the phone sounded familiar.be familiar to somebody 🔊 The signs of drug addiction are familiar to most doctors. 🔊 It was a relief to be back in familiar surroundings. 🔊 Beggars on the street are becoming a familiar sight. 🔊 This kind of situation was all too familiar (=very familiar) to John. 🔊 Her face seems vaguely familiar, but I can’t quite place her.RegisterIn everyday English, people often say that they know something rather than saying it is familiar: The name of the restaurant was not familiar to me. → I didn't know the name of the restaurant.2 →be familiar with something3 →be on familiar terms with somebody4TALK TO somebodytalking to someone as if you know them well although you do notfamiliar with 🔊 I thought he was being a bit familiar with my wife.5informal and friendly in speech, writing etc 🔊 The novel is written in an easy familiar style. →familiarlyTHESAURUSbe familiar with something to have a good knowledge or understanding of something, because you have used it, read about it etc beforeBefore the interview, make sure you are familiar with the company’s main products.It will take a little while to become familiar with the new software.be used to something (also be accustomed to something formal) to have experienced something before, so that it no longer seems surprising, difficult, strange etcI’m used to eating spicy food.Jay found the job hard to begin with, but he soon got used to it.Consumers have grown accustomed (=become accustomed)to having a lot of choice.Our staff are accustomed to dealing with the needs of foreign clients.be at home with something to feel happy and confident about doing or using something, especially because you have had a lot of practiceTom’s lived in Moscow for 20 years and he’s completely at home with the language.It takes a few weeks for people to feel at home with the system.be comfortable with something/somebody to feel relaxed and not worried about doing something or being with someoneWe’re all becoming increasingly comfortable with buying things online.The activities are intended to help new students feel more comfortable with each other..
familiar• Greenfly, whitefly, sawfly are his familiars.• Virtually every adult man, and a few older women, possessfamiliars.• Some will eventually feel the loneliness as passage, as the rending of the familiar that is part of coming of age.• He was not the conventionalstuff of which familiars were made, of course.