Definition of fraternize
- fraternized with the other guests at the party
- were ordered not to fraternize with the enemy
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It is usually unwise to fraternize with your employees.
don't fraternize just with people of the same race, religion, or social background
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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.
: 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
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