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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This seems to Miss Manners to be a waste of everyone’s time — and conducive neither to getting work done nor to socializing. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Stay-at-home dad objects to ‘playing hooky’ remarks," 5 June 2019 With so much content available, and so much screen time becoming the norm – replacing hours devoted to fitness, socializing and sleeping – the potential health implications of binge-watching are becoming more obvious. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "How binge-watching is hazardous to your health," 3 June 2019 Those attending the meeting of the United States' most powerful gun lobby will listen to political speeches, check out the latest firearms, attend gun training courses and socialize. Jamie Stengle,, "More than 70,000 expected in Dallas for NRA's annual meeting, including the president," 4 May 2018 The United States’ estimated 908,000 warehouse employees (who don’t all work in e-commerce) hardly socialize anyway, Yu said. Danielle Paquette, The Seattle Times, "Robots at Chinese e-commerce giant making workers obsolete," 10 Sep. 2018 Project Runway exec producer Desiree Gruber and husband Kyle MacLachlan also became fans of Geller after tasking her with helping their Jackapoo (Jack Russell and poodle mix) puppy Elvis socialize and become acclimated to bicoastal travel. Lesley Mckenzie, The Hollywood Reporter, "Meet Hollywood's Top Canine Trainer: "A Life Coach for Dogs and for People"," 18 June 2018 Acceptance speech how-to is a standard fixture at the annual luncheon, which provides a chance for the nominees, from Lady Gaga to Rami Malek, to socialize ahead of the Oscars ceremony in a low-pressure environment. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "At Oscar nominees luncheon, a pitch for brevity," 5 Feb. 2019 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

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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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