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

Other Words from socialize

socializer \ ˈsō-​shə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce socialize (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
Recent Examples on the Web While adults working from home flocked to Zoom, their children were downloading Discord to socialize with other young people through text and audio and video calls in groups known as servers. New York Times, 29 Dec. 2021 The space itself is equally inviting, with plenty of outdoor areas (like an al fresco living room and private cabines with Hermès throw blankets and Louis Ghost Chairs) to safely socialize. Katie Chang, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Farmers came to town on Saturdays to swap stuff and to socialize. Bobbie Ann Mason, The New Yorker, 26 Dec. 2021 After a Week 4 loss in Cincinnati, Meyer drew criticism for not flying back with the team and instead remaining in his home state to socialize with friends. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 16 Dec. 2021 The opportunity to get her parents out of the house to socialize is what drew Laura Campbell to the Memory Cafe hosted by Dementia Friendly Naperville. Suzanne Baker,, 11 Dec. 2021 For Liebenberg and his friends, slogging through Muck is mostly an excuse to socialize. Chelsea Leah, Wired, 27 Nov. 2021 Candidates and office holders may also attend to socialize. cleveland, 18 Oct. 2021 The festival is celebrated mainly in India, but Hindus across the world, particularly in other parts of Asia, also gather with family members and friends to socialize, visit temples and decorate houses with small oil lamps made from clay., 4 Nov. 2021

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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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10 Jan 2022

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“Socialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce socialize (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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