Definition of fraternize
1 : to associate or mingle as brothers or on fraternal terms fraternized with the other guests at the party
2a : to associate on close terms with members of a hostile group especially when contrary to military orders were ordered not to fraternize with the enemyb : to be friendly or amiable
fraternizationplay \ˌfra-tər-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
fraternizerplay \ˈfra-tər-ˌnī-zər\ noun
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Examples of fraternize in a Sentence
It is usually unwise to fraternize with your employees.
don't fraternize just with people of the same race, religion, or social background
Recent Examples of fraternize from the Web
Tam is concerned a group her daughter had been fraternizing with may be involved.
The six-hour trip down the Danube is breathtaking, and the ride should provide a chance to fraternize.
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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.
First Known Use of fraternize
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Definition of fraternize for English Language Learners
: 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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