[soh-shuh-luh-zey-shuh n]


a continuing process whereby an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the norms, values, behavior, and social skills appropriate to his or her social position.
the act or process of making socialistic: the socialization of industry.

Origin of socialization

First recorded in 1885–90; socialize + -ation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of socialization

  • That is the objective of the movement for the socialization of the means of life.


    John Spargo

  • The important point is to see that the process of socialization must be piecemeal and gradual.


    John Spargo

  • Of socialization in the strict sense there is, for this purpose, no need.

    The New Society

    Walther Rathenau

  • That is not the same thing as the socialization of the railways, as you will see.

  • They are Regulation of the trusts; Socialization of the trusts.

British Dictionary definitions for socialization




psychol the modification from infancy of an individual's behaviour to conform with the demands of social life
the act of socializing or the state of being socialized
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Word Origin and History for socialization

1841, in reference to personal associations; 1884 in reference to socialism; noun of action from socialize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for socialization




The process of learning interpersonal and interactional skills that are in conformity with the values of one's society.
Related formssocial•ize′ (-shə-līz′) v.
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Culture 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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