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[soh-shuh-lahyz] /ˈsoʊ ʃəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), socialized, socializing.
to make social; make fit for life in companionship with others.
to make socialistic; establish or regulate according to the theories of socialism.
Education. to treat as a group activity:
to socialize spelling quizzes.
verb (used without object), socialized, socializing.
to associate or mingle sociably with others:
to socialize with one's fellow workers.
Also, especially British, socialise.
Origin of socialize
First recorded in 1820-30; social + -ize
Related forms
socializable, adjective
socializer, noun
oversocialize, verb (used with object), oversocialized, oversocializing.
resocialize, verb, resocialized, resocializing.
unsocializable, adjective
unsocialized, adjective
unsocializing, adjective Unabridged
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  • But even apart from the possibility of a corrupt boss there is still a wide gap between the collective and the socialized agency.

    Ethics John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • First they must be individualized, second socialized, and third taught.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • It facilitated the balance between the preserved naturalness and the socialized aspect of family.

  • It was one of the many proofs of the extent to which the British nation had been socialized.

    A Traveller in War-Time Winston Churchill
  • Everything in the domain of language "is socialized" (p. 33).

British Dictionary definitions for socialized


(intransitive) to behave in a friendly or sociable manner
(transitive) to prepare for life in society
(transitive) (mainly US) to alter or create so as to be in accordance with socialist principles, as by nationalization
Derived Forms
socializable, socialisable, adjective
socializer, socialiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for socialized



1828, "to render social," from social (adj.). Meaning "to be sociable, to mingle" is recorded from 1895. Meaning "to make socialistic" is from 1846. Related: Socialized; socializing. The phrasing in socialized medicine is by 1912.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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