Definition of fraternize in English:

fraternize

(also fraternise)

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Associate or form a friendship with someone, especially when one is not supposed to:

    ‘she ignored Elisabeth's warning glare against fraternizing with the enemy’
    • ‘A 20-year veteran of the peace movement, he had learned one of the inviolable laws of the left: thou shalt not fraternize with big business.’
    • ‘He seemed to assume, for example, if Russia withdrew unilaterally from the first world war, German soldiers would begin to fraternise with their former opponents and would be therefore moved to stop fighting.’
    • ‘He must remain a neutral observer of the game and not fraternise with teams or team officials.’
    • ‘Lawyers and judges, even in quite large cities, usually know each other quite well and regularly fraternise socially.’
    • ‘The elite wanted to fraternize with the Pakistanis who had accepted Urdu as the national language.’
    • ‘He was a private person who kept himself to himself and didn't fraternise with neighbours but would acknowledge them.’
    • ‘All along the front line soldiers walked spontaneously into no-man's land to fraternise with the enemy.’
    • ‘If your company employs contractors to perform physical security, then you may have policies in place that prevent contractor guards from fraternizing with company employees.’
    • ‘More numerous than the gentry-become-townsmen were the burgesses who fraternised with the gentry.’
    • ‘Once the agreement is in place, then, and only then, will we have the time and the mutual inclination to teach, educate, socialize, fraternize, and speak the language of peace.’
    • ‘But as hinted before, they are but one of many examples of operator groupies - girls who consider fraternising with staff a bigger attraction than the rides themselves.’
    • ‘And does Ashley know he's fraternising with the criminal underworld?’
    • ‘You are sharing a lot of information here, wouldn't this be considered fraternizing with the enemy?’
    • ‘My friend doesn't remember her and doesn't recall any of the football players fraternising with any of the local celebs.’
    • ‘Once again he was stuck fraternizing with the enemy, and once again where he should have felt guilt he felt a tinge of familiarity.’
    • ‘Because they say I'd fraternized with the prisoners.’
    • ‘She was fraternizing with a member of the band and it's unacceptable.’
    • ‘I was never a Mob lawyer, I never fraternized with my clients and I never even went to a club to collect money for my fees.’
    • ‘In our society we isolate judges… All of a sudden a lawyer at 40 goes from fraternising with friends to becoming a judge.’
    • ‘And as such, it's easy to get lost in the work - studying tape, charting tendencies, game-planning, building relationships with players and fraternizing with coaches.’
    associate, mix, mingle, consort, socialize, go around, keep company, rub shoulders
    rub elbows
    hang around, hang round, hang out, run around, knock about, knock around, hobnob, pal up, pal around, chum around, be thick with
    hang about
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Origin

Early 17th century: from French fraterniser, from medieval Latin fraternizare, from Latin fraternus brotherly (see fraternal).

Pronunciation:

fraternize

/ˈfratənʌɪz/