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

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 All three of these trends resulted in tremendous growth in PCs overall and PC gaming as those at home found gaming to be a way to socialize, and the need for a school or work PC became a reason also to get a gaming PC. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Skating outdoors while maintaining a safe distance seemed like an appropriate way to socialize, points out Usher. Derek Blasberg, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2022 As more and more states move to legalize marijuana, the stereotypical mind-numbing effects of weed have become passé, often replaced by an acceptance of the drug as an acceptable way to socialize, relax and get better sleep. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 20 Jan. 2022 Walking with purpose is a good way to exercise; walking with your dog is a good way to socialize. Mark A. Stein, Star Tribune, 12 June 2021 In groups with vaccinated and unvaccinated people — including families with unvaccinated children — staying outdoors is the safest way to socialize, experts say. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 Both recess and the cornhole league have given people a fun, safe way to socialize during COVID-19, Kinkade said. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 26 May 2021 Going for walks with friends is a great way to socialize, while reaping the benefits of this activity. Megan Oster,, 19 Mar. 2021 The other option is riding in the Tavern-Lounge No. 43 car (tickets from $149), which was once used as a break area for passengers to socialize in lounge chairs and booths. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of socialize

1765, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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10 May 2022

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“Socialize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for socialize


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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