Definitions for socialization

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

so•cial•izeˈsoʊ ʃəˌlaɪz(v.)-ized, -iz•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to make social; make fit for life in companionship with others.

    Category: Sociology

  2. to make socialistic; establish or regulate according to the theories of socialism.

    Category: Sociology, Government

  3. to require student participation in:

    socialized instruction

    Category: Education

  4. (v.i.)to associate or mingle sociably with others.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. socialization, socialisation(noun)

    the action of establishing on a socialist basis

    "the socialization of medical services"

  2. socialization, socialisation, socializing, socialising(noun)

    the act of meeting for social purposes

    "there was too much socialization with the enlisted men"

  3. socialization, socialisation, acculturation, enculturation(noun)

    the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture

    "the socialization of children to the norms of their culture"


  1. socialization(Noun)

    The process of learning oneu2019s culture and how to live within it.

    Socialization skills are important things to learn in kindergarten.

  2. socialization(Noun)

    The act of interacting with others, of being social.

    Force socialization rarely creates strong friendships, but there are exceptions.

  3. socialization(Noun)

    Taking under government control as implementing socialism.


  1. Socialization

    Socialisation is a term used by sociologists, social psychologists, anthropologists, political scientists and educationalists to refer to the lifelong process of inheriting and disseminating norms, customs and ideologies, providing an individual with the skills and habits necessary for participating within his or her own society. Socialisation is thus ‘the means by which social and cultural continuity are attained’. Socialisation describes a process which may lead to desirable, or 'moral', outcomes in the opinion of said society. Individual views on certain issues, such as race or economics, are influenced by the view of the society at large and become a "normal," and acceptable outlook or value to have within a society. Many socio-political theories postulate that socialisation provides only a partial explanation for human beliefs and behaviors, maintaining that agents are not 'blank slates' predetermined by their environment. Scientific research provides some evidence that people might be shaped by both social influences and genes. Genetic studies have shown that a person's environment interacts with his or her genotype to influence behavioral outcomes.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Socialization

    The training or molding of an individual through various relationships, educational agencies, and social controls, which enables him to become a member of a particular society.

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