so·​cial·​ize | \ ˈsō-shə-ˌlīz How to pronounce socialize (audio) \
socialized; socializing

Definition of socialize

transitive verb

1 : to make social especially : to fit or train for a social environment
2a : to constitute on a socialistic basis socialize industry
b : to adapt to social needs or uses
3 : to organize group participation in socialize a recitation

intransitive verb

: to participate actively in a social group

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Other Words from socialize

socializer \ ˈsō-​shə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce socializer (audio) \ noun

Examples of socialize in a Sentence

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

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The paint bar allows guests to paint with guidance from local artists while socializing and enjoying food and drinks. Julia Preszler,, "Openings, closings, and more in the south suburbs," 1 June 2018 Former shelter adoption counselor Sharon Melnyk of Berkeley suggests some more in-depth questions to ask: ▪ Is this animal well-socialized or accustomed to interacting with people? Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Adopting the right furry friend for you takes some forethought | The Sacramento Bee," 23 May 2018 Foster providers also help socialize dogs or provide a home for animals who are waiting to be transported to other cities where — believe it or not — there are not enough pets for all the people who want them. The Star-telegram Editorial Board, star-telegram, "The animal shelter is full again. Here’s how you can save some lives," 19 June 2018 They should be loved and protected—period—and allowed the ability to embrace their full selves without being socialized into resenting a part of themselves that is rich in history and culture. Yaminah Mayo, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Shouldn't Have to 'Block Out' Racist Remarks About True," 20 Sep. 2018 Yes, it’s best if everyone gets along, but expecting colleagues to be genuine friends may set the bar too high: The point of work isn’t socializing. Rob Walker, The Seattle Times, "Is having friends at the office a job necessity?," 14 Sep. 2018 Florin Dobre, 43, a Romanian fashion designer (who does not sell his wares at the trade show) comes yearly to Pitti Uomo to socialize and network. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Inside the Bizarre Life of a Male Street-Style Star," 14 Jan. 2019 The villa offers spacious common areas to socialize and entertain, a playroom with something for everyone, and a private pool with sunset views. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Andronis Concept Santorini," 13 Sep. 2018 With events like prom, the intense focus on the phone can mean missing chances to socialize in person. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "From promposals to Snaps, smartphones are crashing the prom party," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of socialize

1765, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of socialize

: to talk to and do things with other people in a friendly way
formal : to teach (someone) to behave in a way that is acceptable in society


transitive verb
variants: also British socialise \ ˈsō-​shə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce socialise (audio) \
socialized also British socialised; socializing also British socialising

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

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