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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Kim's socializing with the NBA's enfant terrible Dennis Rodman also has set him up for ridicule. Krys Lee, Dallas News, "Book peers inside the hidden life of N. Korea's Kim Jong Un," 18 June 2019 Kim’s socializing with the NBA’s enfant terrible Dennis Rodman also has set him up for ridicule. Washington Post, "Inside the hidden life of Kim Jong Un," 14 June 2019 The holidays are upon us, bringing many joyous excuses to eat, drink and socialize with fellow merry makers. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "7 Skincare Cures for Erasing All Signs of a Holiday Hangover," 26 Nov. 2018 Epic’s latest move, a deal announced Wednesday to acquire the video-chat app Houseparty, unites two spots for teens to socialize online. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "The Man Behind ‘Fortnite’," 15 June 2019 And if that rule goes on to produce new engagements, by forcing your guests to socialize, your co-workers may then thank you — or blame you — for the push in that direction. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Strangers are RSVPing to my $250-a-plate wedding," 15 June 2019 Going to concerts at an early age teaches kids how to socialize, Shapiro explains. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Peter Shapiro to Promote 28 Grateful Dead Tribute Shows Across U.S. This Father's Day," 14 June 2019 Each facility meets Carespring’s high standards and offers its signature holistic approach to care, along with a host of other amenities and opportunities to socialize with neighbors. Jessica Levy,, "Carespring communities shatter nursing care and assisted living stereotypes," 7 June 2019 Conroy regularly sees attendees who are ashamed to socialize or have trouble getting jobs because of oral health problems. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Inaugural event will offer free dental care in Flagstaff this week, lineups expected," 5 June 2019

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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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