fraternize

verb frat·er·nize \ ˈfra-tər-ˌnīz \

Definition of fraternize

fraternized; fraternizing
intransitive verb
1 :to associate or mingle as brothers or on fraternal terms
  • fraternized with the other guests at the party
2 a :to associate on close terms with members of a hostile group especially when contrary to military orders
  • were ordered not to fraternize with the enemy
b :to be friendly or amiable

fraternization

play \ˌfra-tər-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

fraternizer

play \ˈfra-tər-ˌnī-zər\ noun

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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

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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

1611


FRATERNIZE Defined for English Language Learners

fraternize

verb

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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