so·​cial·​ize | \ ˈsō-shə-ˌlīz \
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

socialization \ ˌsō-​sh(ə-​)lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
socializer \ ˈsō-​shə-​ˌlī-​zər \ 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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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 Groups of Somali men would often socialize standing on the sidewalks of downtown Faribault, for example, and would often casually sit or lean on parked cars. Fox News, "Somali immigrants find growing acceptance in Minnesota," 25 Aug. 2018 According to the suit, on June 8, 2016, Cannon was introduced to Bieber while socializing at the Westin Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Justin Bieber Sued for Allegedly Punching Man at Cleveland Hotel, Using 'Racial Epithets'," 7 June 2018 Seniors socialize at the Rhawnhurst NORC Klein Life Center, operated by the Jewish Federation in partnership with Catholic Health Care Services. Erin Arvedlund,, "Are you 60 or older in NE Philly? Join a free retirement community, and stay in your home," 10 May 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 \
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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