socialize

verb
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 With strict travel restrictions in place around the world, and people growing weary of not being able to socialize, many have turned to short-term rental sites to get out of their homes and hang out with friends. Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Here’s what Airbnb is doing to discourage large gatherings over the holidays," 23 Dec. 2020 With strict travel restrictions in place around the world and people growing weary of not being able to socialize, many have turned to short-term rental sites to get out of their homes and hang out with friends. Andrea Chang, Dallas News, "Airbnb has found ways to discourage large gatherings over the holidays," 23 Dec. 2020 Your focus on others tends to bring you the most joy right now, with a desire to socialize, connect, and be around people. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for December 15, 2020," 15 Dec. 2020 But the most important rule is no one can socialize in-person with anyone outside the bubble, especially without face masks. Holly Yan, CNN, "Want to meet up with friends this winter? Make sure your 'bubble' is airtight. Here's how," 9 Dec. 2020 As the weather gets cooler and outdoor gatherings become intolerable, people will be tempted to socialize inside, further fueling the surge of coronavirus cases. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Covid-19 Cases Surged After Canadian Thanksgiving in October. Will Americans Heed Their Northern Neighbor’s Warning?," 17 Nov. 2020 And who can blame those who feel a bit on edge when the additional holiday pressure to cook, shop, and socialize, as well as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), are added to everyday stressors. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, "How to Handle Every Stressful Holiday Situation During a Pandemic," 6 Nov. 2020 The friends from the two apartments would often socialize on weekends, but after coronavirus, neither half-sized living room was an ideal venue for socializing or working. Kim Velsey, New York Times, "In New York, Roommates Make a Comeback," 27 Oct. 2020 From midnight on Friday, millions of residents in the U.K. capital won’t be able to socialize with other households behind closed doors, including in pubs and restaurants. Patrick Donahue, Bloomberg.com, "France Virus Cases Surge as Paris, London Head for Clampdown," 14 Oct. 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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22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Socialize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialize. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for socialize

socialize

verb
How to pronounce socialize (audio)

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

socialize

transitive verb
so·​cial·​ize
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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