Definition of social in English:


Line breaks: so¦cial
Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊʃ(ə)l


  • 1 [attributive] Relating to society or its organization: alcoholism is recognized as a major social problem the social structure of Europe had become more fluid
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    • We should follow his example to meet our needs and social obligations.
    • Yesterday dozens of people attended a street party in Avebury Road, specially designed to break down social barriers.
    • He was also the founder of a number of educational and social organizations.
    communal, community, community-based, collective, group, general, popular, civil, civic, public, societal; endemic, pandemic
  • 1.1Relating to rank and status in society: a recent analysis of social class in Britain her mother is a lady of the highest social standing
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    • There is no distinction of class, wealth or social status made during the exercise, and all are treated as equal.
    • The rank and social standing of the subjects of portraiture are also expressed by conventions, which shift with time.
    • For centuries, spouse selection was subject to family status and social standing.
  • 2Needing companionship and therefore best suited to living in communities: we are social beings as well as individuals
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    • Children become social companions rather than problems, although your wallet needs to be guarded - more than ever.
    • As the primary unit of man's social living, the modern family has to grapple with several problems.
    • One is destined to become a vibrant community with a rich social mix and a youthful population.
  • 2.1Relating to or designed for activities in which people meet each other for pleasure: Guy led a full social life staff facilities included a social club and leisure complex
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    • She is as sharp as a tack, but excellent company in a social setting.
    • Beverley, a cosmetics factory worker, met Whelby in 1984 at a social club in Skelmersdale.
    • He can be captivating company and, in social circles, very likeable.
  • 3 Zoology (Of a bird) gregarious; breeding or nesting in colonies.
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    • Waxwings are social birds and where suitable food supplies are found, flocks of several hundred birds have been recorded here.
    • The African Jacana is another bird that has unique social and mating behaviour.
    • Endemic to the South Island, the kea is a highly intelligent, curious, social, and adaptable bird.
    gregarious, organized, civilized, interactional
  • 3.1(Of an insect) living together in organized communities, typically with different castes, as ants, bees, wasps, and termites do.
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    • Common wasps are social insects and live in nests of up to around 10,000 workers.
    • Various models have been presented to account for division of labor in social insects.
    • One of the baffling things about social insects such as ants is how their co-operative behaviour has evolved.
  • 3.2(Of a mammal) living together in groups, typically in a hierarchical system with complex communication.
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    • This should not surprise us - it is, in some degree, a characteristic of most social mammals.
    • You know in that sense obviously we have evolved from social primates.
    • Chimps are social animals and live in groups of up to 80 where food is plentiful.


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Pronunciation: /ˌsəʊʃɪˈalɪti/
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  • Experts with Gymboree said not only adults need sociality, children from newborns to five-year-olds also need an interest in social events.
  • Irish sociologists illustrate how the pub is central to Irish sociality and society, and has been closely related to everyday community life.
  • Social scientists, and anthropologists in particular, quite often make bold statements about the importance of sociality in human life.


the charity supports families who are socially disadvantaged
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  • The biggest improvements across the country occurred at schools in socially deprived areas.
  • The development of pupils personally, morally, socially and culturally is very good.
  • It is hoped to make speeding as socially unacceptable as drink driving or driving without a seatbelt.


late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin socialis 'allied', from socius 'friend'.

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