Definition of socialize in US English:


(British socialise)


  • 1no object Partcipate in social activities; mix socially with others.

    ‘he didn't mind socializing with his staff’
    • ‘You may prefer to spend much time with loved ones and family rather than socializing with friends.’
    • ‘Irish men spend many of their hours in pubs, drinking beer or ale, playing darts, and socializing with their friends.’
    • ‘The couple spend their time skiing, golfing, boating, traveling and socializing with their friends.’
    • ‘Dad's pride and joy were his farm, family gatherings and socializing with many friends and neighbors.’
    • ‘Students were scuttling around, socializing with their clique, or at least the part of them that shared this class in the mornings.’
    • ‘His speeches at fundraisers are often less than rousing and he dislikes socializing with wealthy donors, making it harder for the project to raise money.’
    • ‘If you are more concerned about the quality of the food and drink than about socializing with your friends, decline the invitation and go out to a restaurant instead.’
    • ‘Seth and Bridget were standing in one corner of the ballroom socializing with the other princes and princesses from other kingdoms.’
    • ‘Usually, she enjoyed socializing with the Elliott twins, but today work served as a convenient excuse.’
    • ‘Many of the at-risk youths felt that living with or socializing with other youths who had similar issues was not conducive to advancement.’
    • ‘Many of the new counselors were amazed that they had been socializing with one of the assistant directors all day and didn't have an inkling.’
    • ‘We're having too much fun training, living healthy and socializing with the opposite sex.’
    • ‘The school context provides an opportunity for youth to socialize with selected peers, independently from adults.’
    • ‘There's a group of people who get together periodically to sing karaoke and socialize in different bars.’
    • ‘We went to the Ferris wheel first, where Mike was standing calmly socializing with my mom.’
    • ‘She also suffered from low self-esteem, feeling fat and unpretty and experiencing difficulties socializing with her schoolmates.’
    • ‘We will have a great guest speaker, as well as a good time reacquainting and socializing with old friends.’
    • ‘The next few days were spent lounging around and sorting gear, socializing with racers from other teams, sleeping, and eating large amounts of rich foods.’
    • ‘Their minds were determinedly set on socializing with friends and playing video games over the coming weekend.’
    • ‘Returning again to Edinburgh, his remaining years were spent revising and refining his published works, and socializing with friends in Edinburgh's intellectual circles.’
    interact, converse, be sociable, mix, mingle, get together, meet, keep company, fraternize, consort
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  • 2with object Make (someone) behave in a way that is acceptable to their society.

    ‘newcomers are socialized into orthodox ways’
    • ‘Our social groups effectively socialize us to see particular dress and hair styles, modes of demeanour and address, accents and vocabularies as being more attractive than others.’
    • ‘As with churches, the professions, and the military, students are socialized into a culture and are expected to master its standards of excellence and ethics.’
    • ‘Equally important, the culture as a whole must socialize people into accepting self-imposed limits on their self-interested behavior.’
    • ‘As social institutions charged with the task of preparing and socializing young people for adult roles, schools generally reflect many of the characteristics of the society in which they are located.’
    • ‘The things that makes people truly different is the way that we are socialised.’
    • ‘In so far as the particular Zen follower is adequately socialized into the given group, he cannot but see the Master as expressing the Mind of the Buddha.’
    • ‘From infancy, children are socialized toward family and communal participation.’
    • ‘Schools are instrumental in socialising young people with the concept of social cohesion - of valuing their fellow citizens regardless of their race, language or religion.’
    • ‘Secondary socialization still had an impact, but I now had the freedom to choose more of the activities that I participated in and I was more aware of how people were socializing me.’
    • ‘Raised in politics, in my household as common as bread on the table, I was socialized in the angst of elections and the agony of defeat.’
    • ‘I can still vividly recall how I was socialised into this perception of referees as being one of the major determinants of a rugby match's outcome.’
    • ‘As a group we are fairly imaginative and aware, and this, combined with the fact that we are socialised to enjoy humour, means that we are able to see and seek out the funny aspects of things that are not always obvious.’
    • ‘The empathy gained by fasting is meant to socialise people into giving alms to the poor which is considered to be the very basis of sociality.’
    • ‘Education can only be sound if children are socialized into valuing and building themselves and their community.’
    • ‘We are all socialized by our environment and social class rather than our dreams and hopes.’
    • ‘However, another area of research that may inform our understanding of these issues investigates the different ways that society and parents go about socializing girls and boys.’
    • ‘Girls and boys are socialized into conventional gender roles early, through differences in dress and through limitations or direct instruction in appropriate play activities.’
    • ‘I was socialized not to see the discrepancies, but to accept them.’
    • ‘Cultures and subcultures can be viewed as repositories of widely shared values and customs into which people are socialized so that they can function as good citizens or as full participants.’
    • ‘This place had a treehouse, acres of green space with a creek to poke around in, and constant supportive attention from neighbours who believed that a whole village is needed to properly raise and socialise a child.’
  • 3with object Organize according to the principles of socialism.

    ‘socializing the economy began by nationalizing industries’
    • ‘In the public sphere, the costs created can be socialized across the entire economy.’
    • ‘Forget about the transition economies, where changes have been dramatic, even the traditional Western European democracies now have smaller socialized sectors than they did a decade or two ago.’
    • ‘It is the Government's intention to nationalise or socialise the health sector, and we are seeing it with the primary health organisations.’
    • ‘Since everyone had equal access to health care under Britain's universal, socialized system, the study suggested that one's socioeconomic status is a key determinant of health.’
    • ‘Why would people bother looking for oil, when a socialist Government would socialise the advantages that they gained from their efforts in drilling for oil?’
    • ‘Already the great bulk of the productive forces, those that dominate the economy, have been socialised.’
    • ‘It may be impossible to equalize productive resources in modern economies except through socializing ownership.’
    • ‘In the words of an economic analyst: ‘Profits are to remain in private hands, while corporate debts are to be socialized and paid for through taxation.’’
    • ‘Everybody, and I mean everybody, has some economic incentive to socialize health care cost.’
    • ‘In this society, we have largely socialized the cost of aging through programs like Social Security and Medicare.’
    • ‘In 1899 Eduard Bernstein dismissed class struggle because of the growing middle class, socialized welfare reforms, liberalization, and so on.’
    • ‘The argument, in brief, is that if all the means of production are socialized, which socialism required, then there would be no prices to guide producers in deciding what to produce or how to produce.’
    • ‘Because longevity is growing faster than the retirement age, it socializes an ever-increasing share of our economy.’
    • ‘We believe that these evils can be removed only in a planned and socialized economy in which our natural resources and the principal means of production and distribution are owned, controlled and operated by the people.’