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
Recent Examples on the Web Harry had a plethora of interests and spent a his time tinkering with his vast collection of Lionel trains, swimming in the mornings with friends at Water's Edge in Westbrook, boating, fishing, traveling with his family, and socializing over a meal., "Harry Taylor," 17 Sep. 2019 Graciela has noticed that Paulette socializes more with other children. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Daycare center for asylum-seeking families in Tijuana lets kids be kids again," 15 Sep. 2019 The burst of socializing revealed varied and far-flung itineraries: a graduation in Ohio, a drive to Cape Cod, a trip to New York City., "ada Pierre is tiny, her ambition drawn taut as a bowstring. The 16-year-old daughter of Haitian immigrants wears her hair in a small bun atop her head, her emerging political consciousness finding its voice in the bevy of Black Lives Matter and #MeToo stickers she’s pasted to her MacBook.," 15 Sep. 2019 Crasnow said children face anxiety, bullying and difficulty socializing. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, "Irvine school provides a STEM education to children with disabilities," 10 Sep. 2019 She's experienced the struggle of socializing while sober and started a blog about the sober lifestyle in 2017. Author: Leanne Italie, Anchorage Daily News, "With a nudge from the young and sober, mocktails taking hold," 4 Sep. 2019 Shiny new school supplies, the return of Friday night football games and catching up with classmates make the first few weeks feel more like socializing than actual school. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Now that Houston is tired from back to school, when is our next break?," 28 Aug. 2019 Are residents arriving or socializing outside late at night, early in the morning and on weekends? New York Times, "Should I Buy a Home Next to a Drug-Treatment Center?," 24 Aug. 2019 Because someone is a relative does not require the individual to be invited to every family function, particularly when your branch of the family doesn’t socialize with them otherwise. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Mother-in-law’s Alzheimer’s keeps couple tied to home," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of socialize

1765, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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25 Oct 2019

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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
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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