verb \ˈsō-shə-ˌlīz\

: to talk to and do things with other people in a friendly way

: to teach (someone) to behave in a way that is acceptable in society


Full Definition of SOCIALIZE

transitive verb
:  to make social; especially :  to fit or train for a social environment
a :  to constitute on a socialistic basis <socialize industry>
b :  to adapt to social needs or uses
:  to organize group participation in <socialize a recitation>
intransitive verb
:  to participate actively in a social group
so·cial·i·za·tion \ˌsō-sh(ə-)lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
so·cial·iz·er \ˈsō-shə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of SOCIALIZE

  1. She danced and socialized at the party.
  2. <he likes to socialize with his coworkers after work ends>

First Known Use of SOCIALIZE


Related to SOCIALIZE

associate, fraternize, go out, hobnob, mingle, mix, step out, rub elbows (or rub shoulders)

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture


transitive verb    (Medical Dictionary)
so·cial·ized also British so·cial·isedso·cial·iz·ing also British so·cial·is·ing

Medical Definition of SOCIALIZE

: to make social; especially : to fit or train for society or a social environment <children are socialized according to a given cultural pattern—H. A. Murray & C. K. Kluckhohn>

Variants of SOCIALIZE

so·cial·ize also British so·cial·ise \ˈsō-shə-ˌlīz\


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