Definition of socialize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsōSHəˌlīz/


1 [no object] Mix socially with others: he didn’t mind socializing with his staff
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  • 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.
  • She also suffered from low self-esteem, feeling fat and unpretty and experiencing difficulties socializing with her schoolmates.
  • 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.
interact, converse, be sociable, mix, mingle, get together, meet, fraternize, consort;
entertain, go out
informal hobnob
2 [with object] Make (someone) behave in a way that is acceptable to their society: newcomers are socialized into orthodox ways (as adjective socializing) a socializing effect
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  • Education can only be sound if children are socialized into valuing and building themselves and their community.
  • Girls and boys are socialized into conventional gender roles early, through differences in dress and through limitations or direct instruction in appropriate play activities.
  • 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.
3 [with object] Organize according to the principles of socialism: (as adjective socialized) socialized economies
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  • 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 is the Government's intention to nationalise or socialise the health sector, and we are seeing it with the primary health organisations.

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Syllabification: so·cial·ize

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