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1‘I see a lot of familiar faces’
well known, known, recognized, accustomed
common, everyday, day-to-day, ordinary, commonplace, frequent, habitual, usual, customary, repeated, routine, standard, stock, mundane, run-of-the-mill, conventional
British common or garden
North American garden variety
2‘she was an old and familiar friend’
close, intimate, dear, near, confidential, bosom
friendly, neighbourly, sociable, amicable, easy
informal pally, chummy, matey, buddy-buddy, palsy-walsy, thick, thick as thieves
3‘he enjoyed the familiar atmosphere in their house’
informal, non-formal, casual, relaxed, comfortable, easy, free, free and easy, at ease, at home, friendly, unceremonious, unrestrained, unconstrained, unreserved, open, natural, simple, unpretentious
4‘they object to him being familiar with the staff’
overfamiliar, unduly familiar, over-free, presumptuous, disrespectful, forward, bold, impudent, impertinent, intrusive
making passes at, chatting up, making advances towards
‘are you familiar with the subject?’
acquainted with, conversant with, versed in, informed about, knowledgeable about, well informed about, instructed in, skilled in, proficient in
at home with, no stranger to, au fait with, au courant with, apprised of, abreast of, up to date with, in touch with
well up on, in the know about, genned up on, clued in on, clued up on, plugged into
switched on to
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