socialize

verb so·cial·ize \ ˈsō-shə-ˌlīz \
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of socialize

socialized; socializing
1 : to make social; especially : to fit or train for a social environment
2 a : 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
: to participate actively in a social group

socialization

play \ˌsō-sh(ə-)lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

socializer

play \ˈsō-shə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of socialize in a Sentence

  1. She danced and socialized at the party.

  2. he likes to socialize with his coworkers after work ends

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First Known Use of socialize

1765

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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socialize Synonyms

Near Antonyms

avoid, eschew, shun;

slight, snub;

Related Words

carouse, party, revel;

circulate;

Phrases

rub elbows (or rub shoulders);


SOCIALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

socialize

Definition of socialize for English Language Learners

  • : to talk to and do things with other people in a friendly way

  • : to teach (someone) to behave in a way that is acceptable in society


Medical Dictionary

socialize

transitive verb so·cial·ize
variants: also British socialise play \ˈsō-shə-ˌlīz\

medical Definition of socialize

socialized also British socialised; socializing also British socialising
: 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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