socialize [ soh-sh uh-lahyz] Word Origin See more synonyms for socialize on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing. 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), so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing. to associate or mingle sociably with others: to socialize with one's fellow workers.
, especially British so·cial·ise. Related forms so·cial·iz·a·ble, adjective so·cial·iz·er, noun o·ver·so·cial·ize, verb (used with object), o·ver·so·cial·ized, o·ver·so·cial·iz·ing. re·so·cial·ize, verb, re·so·cial·ized, re·so·cial·iz·ing. un·so·cial·iz·a·ble, adjective un·so·cial·ized, adjective un·so·cial·iz·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for over-socialize (intr) to behave in a friendly or sociable manner (tr) to prepare for life in society (tr) mainly US to alter or create so as to be in accordance with socialist principles, as by nationalization Derived Forms socializable or socialisable, adjective socializer or socialiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-socialize socialize v.
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.
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