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(fa mil yer)


Use the adjective "familiar" when you see someone or a place that you've seen before, or you have an experience that seems as if it has happened before.

  • You look very familiar. Have I met you before?
  • This place seems familiar. Have we been here before?
  • It was nice to take a vacation at a hotel that was familiar.
  • Belinda and Bill saw many familiar faces at the conference.
  • This road doesn't look familiar. I think we're lost.
  • This song sounds familiar. Where have I heard it before?

houseThis place looks familiar.

The opposite of "familiar" is "unfamiliar."

  • This is an unfamiliar neighborhood.
  • It's an unfamiliar feeling for Tom to be out of a job for so long.
  • Renee feels uncomfortable working in an office because it's an unfamiliar setting for her.


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