verb (used with object), so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing.
  1. to make social; make fit for life in companionship with others.
  2. to make socialistic; establish or regulate according to the theories of socialism.
  3. Education. to treat as a group activity: to socialize spelling quizzes.
verb (used without object), so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing.
  1. to associate or mingle sociably with others: to socialize with one's fellow workers.
Also especially British, so·cial·ise.

Origin of socialize

First recorded in 1820–30; social + -ize
Related formsso·cial·iz·a·ble, adjectiveso·cial·iz·er, nouno·ver·so·cial·ize, verb (used with object), o·ver·so·cial·ized, o·ver·so·cial·iz··so·cial·ize, verb, re·so·cial·ized, re·so·cial·iz·ing.un·so·cial·iz·a·ble, adjectiveun·so·cial·ized, adjectiveun·so·cial·iz·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for oversocialize



  1. (intr) to behave in a friendly or sociable manner
  2. (tr) to prepare for life in society
  3. (tr) mainly US to alter or create so as to be in accordance with socialist principles, as by nationalization
Derived Formssocializable or socialisable, adjectivesocializer or socialiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for oversocialize



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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