[ soh-shuh-lahyz ]
/ ˈsoʊ ʃəˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing.

to make social; make fit for life in companionship with others.
to make socialistic; establish or regulate according to the theories of socialism.
Education. to treat as a group activity: to socialize spelling quizzes.

verb (used without object), so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing.

to associate or mingle sociably with others: to socialize with one's fellow workers.


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Also especially British, so·cial·ise.

Origin of socialize

First recorded in 1820–30; social + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM socialize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for socialized



/ (ˈsəʊʃəˌlaɪz) /


(intr) to behave in a friendly or sociable manner
(tr) to prepare for life in society
(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, adjectivesocializer or socialiser, noun
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