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[ frat-er-nahyz ]

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.

  3. to associate in a fraternal or friendly way.

    Synonyms: hobnob, consort, mix, mingle, socialize

verb (used with object)

, frat·er·nized, frat·er·niz·ing.
  1. Archaic. to bring into fraternal association or sympathy.


/ ˈfrætəˌnaɪz /


  1. introften foll bywith to associate on friendly terms
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Derived Forms

  • ˌfraterniˈzation, noun
  • ˈfraterˌnizer, noun
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Other Words From

  • frat·er·ni·za·tion [frat-er-nahy-, zey, -sh, uh, n], noun
  • frat·er·niz·er noun
  • un·frat·er·nized adjective
  • un·frat·er·niz·ing adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of fraternize1

First recorded in 1605–15; from French fraterniser, from Medieval Latin frāternizāre; fraternal, -ize
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Example Sentences

The RA, Axley said, told her not to report it, saying Axley could be found to have violated the school’s prohibition against drinking and fraternizing with the opposite sex.

That’s in part because office culture rewarded long hours as well as hours after work fraternizing with bosses while a partner helped out at home.

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They also forbid any US citizen to fraternize or associate with the group.

Maybe Margaret would like to fraternize with Mr. Gerald who seems to have the same ideas.

It was then voted, and with enthusiasm, that the Convention should go out and fraternize with the multitude.

Such a wonderful spirit among the militia; perhaps the soldiers will fraternize with the strikers.

I shall fraternize with most of them—I shall be one of them almost immediately.

Thurstan tried to protest and Jacob to fraternize, but all was useless.

Even the oppression of the masses has itself caused the oppressed to fraternize among themselves.