socialize

When you socialize, you participate in activities in a group setting. If you have been studying alone for some time, you might take a break at the coffee shop to socialize with some friends.

You can socialize somebody else, or educate her in social patterns. Parents socialize their kids through their upbringing, and clubs often socialize their members through a uniform. If you want to hang out with motorcyclists, you might want to dress in leather. It is also possible to socialize institutions, where benefits are open to a wide section of society. If voters socialize medicine, that service becomes available to all at government expense.

Definitions of socialize
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v take part in social activities; interact with others

“He never socializes with his colleagues”
“The old man hates to socialize
Synonyms:
socialise
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get around, swing
be a social swinger; socialize a lot
fraternise, fraternize
be on friendly terms with someone, as if with a brother, especially with an enemy
hobnob
rub elbows with
entertain
provide entertainment for
host
be the host of or for
amuse, disport, divert
occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion
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interact
act together or towards others or with others

v prepare for social life

“Children have to be socialized in school”
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socialise
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fix, gear up, prepare, ready, set, set up
make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

v train for a social environment

“The children must be properly socialized
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socialise
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educate
give an education to

v make conform to socialist ideas and philosophies

“Health care should be socialized!”
Synonyms:
socialise
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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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