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familiar

adjective
 
 
/fəˈmɪliər/
EASY TO RECOGNIZE B1 easy to recognize because of being seen, met, heard, etc before: It's nice to see a few familiar faces (= people that I recognize) around here. This street doesn't look familiar to me.Plain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiring
be familiar with sth B2 to know about something or have experienced it many times before: Anyone who's familiar with his poetry will find the course easy. →  Opposite unfamiliar Adapting and attuning to somethingAdapting and modifying Changing
FRIENDLY friendly and very informal: He doesn't like to be too familiar with his staff.Manners and levels of formalityPolite and respectfulFriendly
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