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 socialized

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

Examples from the Web for socialized

Contemporary Examples of socialized

Historical Examples of socialized

  • But nevertheless, it is socialized wealth and applied science and politics.

  • Everything in the domain of language "is socialized" (p. 33).

  • First they must be individualized, second socialized, and third taught.

    The New Education

    Scott Nearing

  • A socialized religion supplies a principle, a method, and a power.


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

  • It was one of the many proofs of the extent to which the British nation had been socialized.

    A Traveller in War-Time

    Winston Churchill

British Dictionary definitions for socialized



  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 socialized



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