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fraternize Line breaks: frat¦er|nize
Pronunciation: /ˈfratənʌɪz/
(also fraternise)

Definition of fraternize in English:


[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
More example sentences
  • In our society we isolate judges… All of a sudden a lawyer at 40 goes from fraternising with friends to becoming a judge.
  • Lawyers and judges, even in quite large cities, usually know each other quite well and regularly fraternise socially.
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /fratənʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • One argument against including women fully in the military has been the fear that the mutual attraction of men and women would create problems of improper fraternization and sexual intimacy.
  • They accept the logic of peaceful coexistence: cultural synthesis, religious tolerance, social fraternization, short of assimilation, partnership in development, political understanding.
  • The 2001 rules limited fraternization among agents and informants and instituted a Confidential Informant Review Committee that included federal prosecutors.
Example sentences
  • Alongside the criticisms of fraternizers and materialism existed a strong admiration for U.S. efforts to alleviate German deprivation.
  • The VSLF issued an order to open fire on all fraternizers.
  • Contrary to Levin's assumption, most fraternizers were motivated by factors other than revenge or defeatism.


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

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