desocialize

[ dee-soh-shuh-lahyz ]
/ diˈsoʊ ʃəˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), de·so·cial·ized, de·so·cial·iz·ing.

to remove from a customary social environment: Imprisonment desocializes the inmates.

Nearby words

  1. desmoulins,
  2. desmoulins, camille,
  3. desna,
  4. desnood,
  5. deso,
  6. desolate,
  7. desolation,
  8. desonide,
  9. desorb,
  10. desorption

Also especially British, de·so·cial·ise.

Origin of desocialize

First recorded in 1885–90; de- + socialize

Related formsde·so·cial·i·za·tion, noun

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