verb (used with object), so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing.

  1. to make social; make fit for life in companionship with others.
  2. to make socialistic; establish or regulate according to the theories of socialism.
  3. Education. to treat as a group activity: to socialize spelling quizzes.

verb (used without object), so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing.

  1. to associate or mingle sociably with others: to socialize with one’s fellow workers.


  1. (intr) to behave in a friendly or sociable manner
  2. (tr) to prepare for life in society
  3. (tr) mainly US to alter or create so as to be in accordance with socialist principles, as by nationalization

v.1828, “to render social,” from social (adj.). Meaning “to be sociable, to mingle” is recorded from 1895. Meaning “to make socialistic” is from 1846. Related: Socialized; socializing. The phrasing in socialized medicine is by 1912.

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