social

adjective
so·​cial | \ ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce social (audio) \

Definition of social

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : involving allies or confederates the Social War between the Athenians and their allies
2a : marked by or passed in pleasant companionship with friends or associates an active social life
b : sociable
c : of, relating to, or designed for sociability a social club
3 : of or relating to human society, the interaction of the individual and the group, or the welfare of human beings as members of society social institutions
4a : tending to form cooperative and interdependent relationships with others Infants can become social beings only through interaction with others.— Gerald R. Leslie and Sheila K. Korman
b : living and breeding in more or less organized communities especially for the purposes of cooperation and mutual benefit : not solitary Of the canid family, the wolf is one of the most social species, since it is a pack hunter.— Michael W. Fox The evolutionary theory of kin selection requires that social animals recognize their relatives so that altruistic behavior can be displayed preferentially toward kin.Science — see also social insect
c of a plant : tending to grow in groups or masses so as to form a pure stand
5a : of, relating to, or based on rank or status in a particular society a member of our social set
b : of, relating to, or characteristic of the upper classes
c : formal
6 : being such in social situations a social drinker

social

noun

Definition of social (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of social in a Sentence

Adjective

She has poor social skills. The vacation resort held a lot of social events. I joined the club to improve my social life. Her sister is much more social than she is. social institutions like marriage and family Health care is a major social issue. Child abuse has become a serious social problem. Martin Luther King, Jr., fought for social change. Most humans are social beings.

Noun

The club has socials every month. He's living on the social now.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In the mean time, build up your own online presence through a simple website and professional social media channels. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, "How to Become a Virtual Assistant So You Can Work From Home," 7 May 2019 But, as stars like Hailey Bieber have pointed out, the social media platform can also have negative impacts on your mental health. Isabella Gomez Sarmiento, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Is Reportedly Exploring How to Reduce Social Media Pressure," 20 Apr. 2019 Shortly after her relationship with Prince Harry was first confirmed, Meghan deleted all of her own personal social media platforms. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "There's a Theory That Meghan Markle Is Running the Sussex Instagram Account Herself," 16 Apr. 2019 Fenty Beauty has taken full responsibility for the incident and has since wiped all promotion of the Killawatt shade from its social media accounts. Scarlett Newman, Allure, "Fenty Beauty Pulled “Geisha Chic” Highlighter Due to Criticism," 1 Apr. 2019 Congress further elected to shield social platforms from liability for statements made on the site. Deanna Paul, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: How fighting political disinformation could collide with the First Amendment," 30 Mar. 2019 The Fuller House star, who previously had 1.9 million followers and nearly 1,500 posts on the social media platform, got rid of her account mere hours after the news surfaced. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Lori Loughlin Deletes Her Instagram Amid Bombshell College Admissions Cheating Scandal," 12 Mar. 2019 Just about every vibrant social platform now comes with the pressure to not just create, but become a popular creator. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Byte’s creator culture will make or break Vine 2," 18 Dec. 2018 The new report — plus a separate report from the University of Oxford also released Monday — provides a fresh look at how social platforms were unwittingly used to influence voter opinion ahead of the 2016 election. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Instagram posts from Russian meddlers played a much bigger role in the 2016 election than we thought," 17 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Then be sure to take advantage of all the organized activities for kids, like flashlight candy hunts, water balloon fights, and root beer float socials. Kristi Valentini, Redbook, "The No-Fly, All-Fun Vacation," 13 July 2017 The couple flaunts coordinating masks in a photo shared to both their socials, and Davidson is holding what appears to be a turtle, because why not? Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Pete Davidson Has a Chill Pizza Date With Ariana Grande, Shows Off Blonde Hair Makeover: Pics," 2 July 2018 Each graphic naturally comes with sharing buttons so they can be saved or shared to various socials. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "This app will show you your Apple Music listening habits for 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Born and raised in North Carolina, Talley was introduced to fashion by his grandmother and aunts who would dress up for church socials. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, "André Leon Talley Takes Center Stage in Documentary "The Gospel According To André"," 30 May 2018 Fans have taken to the socials to congratulate mama Cardi, and share their opinions about the baby's name. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Fans React to Cardi B and Offset Welcoming Daughter Kulture Kiari: See the Tweets," 11 July 2018 Tyga showed off on his socials Tuesday (July 10), posting a photo aboard a private jet in a brand-new black LeBron James Lakers jersey. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Tyga Shows Off His New LeBron James Lakers Jersey: '1st One Made'," 10 July 2018 Group activities include bonfires, live music, lobster bakes, movie nights, and ice cream socials. Diane Daniel, BostonGlobe.com, "More ways to camp in style at Sandy Pines," 10 July 2018 There is a fun committee who plans and organizes holiday parties, Happy Hours, breakfasts, ice cream socials, and a Super Bowl party with families. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona-Small Companies," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of social

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for social

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin socialis, from socius companion, ally, associate; akin to Old English secg man, companion, Latin sequi to follow — more at sue

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social

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of social

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or involving activities in which people spend time talking to each other or doing enjoyable things with each other
: liking to be with and talk to people : happy to be with people
: of or relating to people or society in general

social

noun

English Language Learners Definition of social (Entry 2 of 2)

: an informal social event for members of a group

social

adjective
so·​cial | \ ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce social (audio) \

Kids Definition of social

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : enjoying other people : sociable a social person
2 : relating to interaction with other people especially for pleasure a busy social life
3 : of or relating to human beings as a group Marriage and family are social institutions.
4 : living naturally in groups or communities Bees are social insects.
5 : relating to or based on rank in a particular society social classes

Other Words from social

socially adverb socially active

social

noun

Kids Definition of social (Entry 2 of 2)

: a friendly gathering usually for a special reason

social

adjective
so·​cial | \ ˈsō-shəl How to pronounce social (audio) \

Medical Definition of social

1a : tending to form cooperative and interdependent relationships with others of one's kind
b : living and breeding in more or less organized communities social insects
2 : of or relating to human society, the interaction of the individual and the group, or the welfare of human beings as members of society immature social behavior

Other Words from social

socially \ -​ē How to pronounce socially (audio) \ adverb

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