fraternize

[ frat-er-nahyz ]
/ ˈfræt ərˌnaɪz /
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verb (used without object), frat·er·nized, frat·er·niz·ing.

to associate in a fraternal or friendly way.
to associate cordially or intimately with natives of a conquered country, enemy troops, etc.

verb (used with object), frat·er·nized, frat·er·niz·ing.

Archaic. to bring into fraternal association or sympathy.

Nearby words

  1. fraternal twins,
  2. fraternally,
  3. fraternity,
  4. fraternity house,
  5. fraternization,
  6. fratricidal,
  7. fratricide,
  8. fratry,
  9. frau,
  10. fraud

Also especially British, frat·er·nise.

Origin of fraternize

1605–15; < French fraterniser < Medieval Latin frāternizāre. See fraternal, -ize

SYNONYMS FOR fraternize
Related formsfrat·er·ni·za·tion, nounfrat·er·niz·er, nounun·frat·er·nized, adjectiveun·frat·er·niz·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fraternise

fraternize

fraternise

/ (ˈfrætəˌnaɪz) /

verb

(intr often foll by with) to associate on friendly terms
Derived Formsfraternization or fraternisation, nounfraternizer or fraterniser, noun

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Word Origin and History for fraternise

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