[ soh-shuh-luh-zey-shuhn ]

  1. a continuing process whereby an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the norms, values, behavior, and social skills appropriate to their social position.

  2. the act or process of aligning with the precepts of socialism: the socialization of industry.

Origin of socialization

First recorded in 1885–90; socialize + -ation

Words Nearby socialization Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use socialization in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for socialization



/ (ˌsəʊʃəlaɪˈzeɪʃən) /

  1. psychol the modification from infancy of an individual's behaviour to conform with the demands of social life

  2. the act of socializing or the state of being socialized

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Cultural definitions for socialization


Learning the customs, attitudes, and values of a social group, community, or culture. Socialization is essential for the development of individuals who can participate and function within their societies, as well as for ensuring that a society's cultural features will be carried on through new generations. Socialization is most strongly enforced by family, school, and peer groups and continues throughout an individual's lifetime. (See also acculturation.)

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