When you schmooze at a party, you chat with many different people. Being able to schmooze casually and confidently is a good quality in a hostess or a politician.

If you say, "I just want to stop by the reception and schmooze for a little bit," it means you're going to see who's there and make smalltalk with various people. You might want to schmooze for fun, or take the opportunity to hand out your business card. You can call the conversation itself a schmooze too, and the word comes from the Yiddish shmuesn, "to chat" from shmues, "idle talk," with the Hebrew root shemu'oth, "rumors."

Definitions of schmooze
  1. verb
    talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
    synonyms: jawbone, schmoose, shmoose, shmooze
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    type of:
    chaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
    talk socially without exchanging too much information
  2. noun
    an informal conversation
    synonyms: chat, confab, confabulation, schmoose
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    causerie, chin wag, chin wagging, chin-wag, chin-wagging, chit chat, chit-chat, chitchat, gab, gabfest, gossip, small talk, tittle-tattle
    light informal conversation for social occasions
    type of:
    the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
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