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 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 Broadly speaking, tech was a lifeline to anyone able (and forced) to remotely work, go to school, socialize and access online entertainment this year. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "Bestselling tech & gadgets: Most purchased wearable and personal tech we've covered," 29 Dec. 2020 TikTok hit mainstream culture in 2020, knocking Facebook off the top spot to become the most downloaded app of the year as millions of content-hungry consumers stuck in lockdown looked for new ways to socialize and stay entertained. New York Times, "The Ups and Downs of Fashion in 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 Being outside is also a great way to socialize while staying socially distant! Adrienne So, Wired, "11 Early Cyber Monday Deals on Earth-Friendly Gear," 28 Nov. 2020 Pessoa-Brandao says the North Loop’s recent rise in cases tracks with the large number of young adults between 25 and 30 years old who live there and were more likely to socialize and dine out. Maryjo Webster, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood, young and social, sees rapid rise in COVID-19 cases," 22 Nov. 2020 Memory café offers an easy and fun way to socialize with others who have a shared experience., "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 20 Nov. 2020 For places, such as Story, who Jarfi said prides itself on providing a space for members to socialize and build both personal and business connections, this hurts. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, "Is the coronavirus the end of coworking spaces? These Louisville spaces say there's hope," 4 Nov. 2020 Murray wasn’t alone in trying to socialize the debts of his flailing company and privatize the rewards. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Bob Murray Was Vicious to Both Workers and the Environment," 26 Oct. 2020 The best way to socialize safely is to diminish the three D’s — density, duration and diversity — and additionally, to wear a mask whenever possible. Quanta Magazine, "How to Assess Risks During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 25 Sep. 2020

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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 2021

Cite this Entry

“Socialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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 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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