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American English: /fəˌmɪljˈɛrədi/
British English: /fəmɪlɪˈarɪti/

Translation of familiarity in Spanish:

noun plural familiarities

  • 1 uncountable 1.1 (knowledge)familiarity with somethingshe claimed extensive familiarity with the method/problem
    dijo estar muy familiarizada con el método/problema
    familiarity with computers would be an asset
    se valorará la experiencia previa con computadoras
    Example sentences
    • For one thing, the Wachowski brothers have a knowledge and familiarity with a number of ideas, concepts and philosophies that play an important part in the Matrix films.
    • Very few Japanese people ever extend their knowledge of Bulgaria beyond familiarity with its yoghurt, which has become part of the national cuisine in Japan.
    • They found no relationship between the rate of referral and physicians' knowledge, beliefs and familiarity with the effects of alternative therapies.
    1.2 (of person, book, landscape) familiarity breeds contempt
    lo que se tiene no se aprecia
    Example sentences
    • They effectively harness the familiarity of well-know ditties to send up celebrity culture.
    • The towers look like beacons in the stormy night, still strangely reassuring in their solidity and familiarity.
    • The measure of a joke's effectiveness is equal to the quality of its writing and delivery multiplied by the familiarity of its subject.
  • 2 2.1 uncountable (informality) the familiarity of their manner
    la confianza con que se ( or la etc. ) trataban
    Example sentences
    • In early May or June 2001, the North Carolina Department of Correction began a formal misconduct investigation into allegations of inappropriate interaction/undue familiarity between correctional staff and inmates at the prison.
    • We need look no further than the popular TV show "The Office" to see that too much personal fraternization and familiarity will lead to employee contempt, regardless of the talent or ineptitude of the manager.
    2.2 countable and uncountable (overintimacy)
    exceso (masculine) de confianza
    I don't tolerate such familiarities from subordinates
    no tolero que mis subordinados se tomen semejantes confianzas
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