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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

Related Words for socialize

entertain, mingle, league, fraternize, associate, club, consort, mix, join, hobnob

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Contemporary Examples of socialize

Historical Examples of socialize

  • To socialize and Christianize half the people of the world is the task of centuries.


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

  • Their chief end is to socialize and humanize individual men.

  • To make exchange possible and socialize to some degree the scale of prices we depend upon a public market or a stock exchange.

    Creative Intelligence

    John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

  • It seems to me we need to socialize, not industry, but the heart of Man to his brother.

    V. V.'s Eyes

    Henry Sydnor Harrison

  • To socialize her home, that is the high undertaking a woman has on her hands if she is to get at the heart of her Business.

British Dictionary definitions for socialize



  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 socialize

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper