[ frat-er-nahyz ]
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verb (used without object),frat·er·nized, frat·er·niz·ing.
  1. to associate socially or romantically with people considered inappropriate company, often due to a difference in status, as between managers and subordinates, or professors and students: Doctors fraternizing with interns is nothing new, but hospital management is considering stricter policies to discourage it.

  2. to associate cordially or intimately with the people of a conquered country, enemy troops, etc., especially in violation of orders or rules: Of the charges these officers are facing, the most serious is fraternizing with the enemy.

  1. to associate in a fraternal or friendly way.

verb (used with object),frat·er·nized, frat·er·niz·ing.
  1. Archaic. to bring into fraternal association or sympathy.

Origin of fraternize

First recorded in 1605–15; from French fraterniser, from Medieval Latin frāternizāre; see fraternal, -ize
  • Also especially British, frat·er·nise .

Other words for fraternize

Other words from fraternize

  • frat·er·ni·za·tion [frat-er-nahy-zey-shuhn], /ˌfræt ərˌnaɪˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun
  • frat·er·niz·er, noun
  • un·frat·er·nized, adjective
  • un·frat·er·niz·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use fraternize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fraternize



/ (ˈfrætəˌnaɪz) /

  1. (intr often foll by with) to associate on friendly terms

Derived forms of fraternize

  • fraternization or fraternisation, noun
  • fraternizer or fraterniser, noun

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