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’
    • ‘And does Ashley know he's fraternising with the criminal underworld?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All along the front line soldiers walked spontaneously into no-man's land to fraternise with the enemy.’
    • ‘In our society we isolate judges… All of a sudden a lawyer at 40 goes from fraternising with friends to becoming a judge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You are sharing a lot of information here, wouldn't this be considered fraternizing with the enemy?’
    • ‘He was a private person who kept himself to himself and didn't fraternise with neighbours but would acknowledge them.’
    • ‘The elite wanted to fraternize with the Pakistanis who had accepted Urdu as the national language.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lawyers and judges, even in quite large cities, usually know each other quite well and regularly fraternise socially.’
    • ‘Because they say I'd fraternized with the prisoners.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was fraternizing with a member of the band and it's unacceptable.’
    • ‘More numerous than the gentry-become-townsmen were the burgesses who fraternised with the gentry.’
    • ‘He must remain a neutral observer of the game and not fraternise with teams or team officials.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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/