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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The owners of this off-the-grid pavilion on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand, wanted a place for socializing away from their beach house. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "Wealthy Homeowners Find a Luxurious Way to Shelter Outdoors," 1 Aug. 2018 Children and youth are socialized through everyday activities — conversations, stories, lessons, activities — and gradually begin to internalize their parent’s (or elder brother or uncle’s) values and priorities. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018 By definition cafes exist as places for socializing, for community, and for work, and the CEC accomplishes all of those things, occasionally offering music and later hours for special events. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Lamar Moore takes the kitchen at the Currency Exchange Café," 7 Mar. 2018 As a toddler, my son acted out, had trouble with transitions, socializing, and anxiety. Brian Gresko, Longreads, "Wrestling With My Father," 12 June 2018 The daughter of a British Army officer, Camilla grows up socializing with royals (her childhood home was recently for sale) and attends Queens Gate school in London and finishing schools in Switzerland. Jillian Mackenzie, Town & Country, "A Timeline of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles's Royal Romance," 1 June 2017 Some also highlight that four-legged friends help employees break the ice during tense meetings and encourage more friendly socializing in the office. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Today Is Take Your Dog to Work Day. But at These 10 Companies, Dogs Are Always Welcome," 22 June 2018 Specifically, if connecting to a younger crowd (the Bengals need more of in the building) which has zero problems watching the game while standing and socializing in the concourses and only feel comfortable with mobile tickets anyway. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "Bengals Xtra: Jungle Pass risky, intriguing olive branch to fans," 17 June 2018 Aaron Sittig: When Facebook launched at Berkeley, the rules of socializing just totally transformed. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of socialize

1765, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of socialize was in 1765

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English Language Learners Definition of socialize

: 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


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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