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[soh-shuh-luh-zey-shuh n] /ˌsoʊ ʃə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/
a continuing process whereby an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the norms, values, behavior, and social skills appropriate to his or her social position.
the act or process of making socialistic:
the socialization of industry.
Origin of socialization
First recorded in 1885-90; socialize + -ation Unabridged
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  • That is the objective of the movement for the socialization of the means of life.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • The important point is to see that the process of socialization must be piecemeal and gradual.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • Of socialization in the strict sense there is, for this purpose, no need.

    The New Society Walther Rathenau
  • That is not the same thing as the socialization of the railways, as you will see.

  • They are Regulation of the trusts; socialization of the trusts.

  • The socialization and persistent distribution of extant knowledge.

    The Next Step

    Scott Nearing
  • It marks the socialization of the individual in his outlook upon life.

British Dictionary definitions for socialization


(psychol) the modification from infancy of an individual's behaviour to conform with the demands of social life
the act of socializing or the state of being socialized
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Contemporary definitions for socialization
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Word Origin and History for socialization

1841, in reference to personal associations; 1884 in reference to socialism; noun of action from socialize.

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socialization in Medicine

socialization so·cial·i·za·tion (sō'shə-lĭ-zā'shən)
The process of learning interpersonal and interactional skills that are in conformity with the values of one's society.

so'cial·ize' (-shə-līz') v.
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socialization in Culture

socialization definition

Learning the customs, attitudes, and values of a social group, community, or culture. Socialization is essential for the development of individuals who can participate and function within their societies, as well as for ensuring that a society's cultural features will be carried on through new generations. Socialization is most strongly enforced by family, school, and peer groups and continues throughout an individual's lifetime. (See also acculturation.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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