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fraternize

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verb frat·er·nize \ˈfra-tər-ˌnīz\

Simple Definition of fraternize

  • : to be friendly with someone : to spend time with someone in a friendly way especially when it is considered wrong or improper to do so

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fraternize

fraternized

fraternizing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to associate or mingle as brothers or on fraternal terms

  3. 2 a :  to associate on close terms with members of a hostile group especially when contrary to military orders b :  to be friendly or amiable

fraternization

play \ˌfra-tər-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

fraternizer

play \ˈfra-tər-ˌnī-zər\ noun

Examples of fraternize in a sentence

  1. It is usually unwise to fraternize with your employees.

  2. <don't fraternize just with people of the same race, religion, or social background>



Did You Know?

Both fraternize and fraternal (meaning "of, relating to, or involving brothers") come to us, by way of Medieval Latin, from Latin frater, meaning "brother." Other frater descendants in English include friar, fraternity, and confraternity ("a society devoted especially to a religious or charitable cause"). Even brother itself shares a relationship with frater. These days, although fraternize can still refer to a brotherly association or simple friendliness, it often occurs in contexts, such as fraternizing with the enemy, implying friendliness toward someone who would be better avoided.

1611

First Known Use of fraternize

1611



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