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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Gustav Klimt and dancer Elsa Wiesenthal appear in both shows—and socialized in the same circles. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Faces of Old Vienna," 12 July 2018 Outsourcing data storage and processing over the internet has given companies new flexibility and consumers the power to hail rides, find dates, and socialize from a slab of glass in their pocket. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "How a Startup Is Using the Blockchain to Protect Your Privacy," 11 July 2018 Don't allow a feeling of insecurity or a lack of funds to stop you from socializing., "Horoscope," 5 July 2018 Who needs coffee before socializing first thing in the morning? Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "How to Master the Art of Group Travel," 7 June 2018 Maurice's mom, Keema Jordan, wanted him to overcome his shyness, socialize more with other boys his age, and prepare him for the college experience early on. Tiana Headley, miamiherald, "He’s always loved art. Through this program, he got to meet a museum head," 11 July 2018 For years Mexicans and Americans crossed the border regularly to do business, shop, socialize and celebrate the holidays of both nations. Rachel St. John, Smithsonian, "The Raging Controversy at the Border Began With This Incident 100 Years Ago," 26 June 2018 Six patients, usually men, are initially placed at a rural retreat and weaned off electronics while being taught how to socialize and exercise. Anchorage Daily News, "Video game addiction tries to move from basement to doctor's office," 18 June 2018 Six patients, usually men, are initially placed at a rural retreat and weaned off electronics while being taught how to socialize and exercise. New York Times, "Video Game Addiction Tries to Move From Basement to Doctor’s Office," 17 June 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

: 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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