so·​cial·​ly | \ ˈsō-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce socially (audio) \

Definition of socially

1 : in a social manner
2 : with respect to society
3 : by or through society

Examples of socially in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of them feel like outsiders and get left behind academically and socially. Washington Post, "Half-North Korean, half-Chinese kids struggle in South Korea," 4 Dec. 2019 Of course, doing comedy that's relevant socially and politically can come with certain communication gaps. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'30 Rock' star to perform in Detroit, cover issues 'nobody wants to talk about'," 4 Dec. 2019 Broadcasters in South Africa showed people waiting in line to shop in one of the world's most socially and economically unequal nations. CBS News, "As Black Friday goes global, some want to ban it," 29 Nov. 2019 Broadcasters in South Africa showed people waiting in line to shop in one of the world’s most socially and economically unequal nations. Sylvie Corbet,, "The world did not celebrate Thanksgiving yesterday. But Black Friday? Mais oui!," 29 Nov. 2019 Harbeson conveys the sense of claustrophobia that can close in on teachers surrounded by uninhabited land on all sides, yet physically and socially contained within a small and foreign environment. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In ‘Shadowed Times,’ stories of an earlier — but not simpler — time," 9 Nov. 2019 Perhaps that person will slowly be able to empathize or understand more, even take steps politically and socially to preserve the phenomenon. New York Times, "Burning Pianos and Whispering Rivers: A Composer’s Journey," 8 Nov. 2019 Both have pushed socially and economically liberal messages that include eliminating student debt and free college tuition. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Young voters helped push Democrats to victory in 2018. Can they swing the 2020 vote?," 4 Nov. 2019 The state is enriched economically, socially and culturally because of refugees, Wilson said. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "An Iraqi who worked for the U.S. military found safety in Colorado. In the future, others like him may not because of Trump refugee cap.," 12 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of socially

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Dec 2019

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“Socially.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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