[ soh-shuh-lahyz ]
See synonyms for: socializesocializing on

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.

  1. 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.

Origin of socialize

First recorded in 1820–30; social + -ize
  • Also especially British, so·cial·ise .

Other words from socialize

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use socialize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for socialize



/ (ˈsəʊʃəˌlaɪz) /

  1. (intr) to behave in a friendly or sociable manner

  2. (tr) to prepare for life in society

  1. (tr) mainly US to alter or create so as to be in accordance with socialist principles, as by nationalization

Derived forms of socialize

  • socializable or socialisable, adjective
  • socializer or socialiser, noun

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