Social meaning

sōshəl
Of or having to do with human beings living together as a group in a situation in which their dealings with one another affect their common welfare.

Social consciousness, social problems.

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An informal social gathering, as of the members of a church congregation.
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Of, for, or involving friends, companionship, or sociability.

A social club.

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(informal) A Social Security number.
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Pertaining to a group, community or the public. A hot buzzword applied to many products, social implies being able to easily find and share comments and content with others who are related to you in some manner (friends, colleagues, community, etc.). See social network and social networking site.
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Living or associating in groups or communities.

The ant is a social insect.

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Of or having to do with the ranks or activities of society, specif. the more exclusive or fashionable of these.

A social event.

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An informal gathering of people for recreation or amusement; party.
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Living in this way; gregarious.

Man as a social being.

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Social means a party.

An example of social is having a group of friends over for ice cream.

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The definition of social is someone or something that enjoys being with others or has to do with people living or gathering in groups.

An example of social is children laughing and playing together.

An example of social is people forming a community health clinic.

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Offering material aid, counseling services, group recreational activities, etc. to those who need it; of or engaged in welfare work.

A social worker or agency.

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(bot.) Growing in clumps or masses.
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A festive gathering to foster introductions.

They organized a social at the dance club to get people to know each other.

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(Canadian Prairies) A dance held to raise money for a couple to be married.
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(UK, colloquial) Abbreviation of social security benefit., the UK government department responsible for administering such welfare benefit, for its employees.

Fred hated going down to the social to sign on.

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(US, colloquial) Abbreviation of social security number.

What's your social?

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(dated, Ireland) A dinner dance event, usually held annually by a company or sporting club.
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James is a very social guy; he knows lots of people.

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Of or relating to society.

Teresa feels uncomfortable in certain social situations.

Unemployment is a social problem.

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(Internet) Relating to social media or social networks.

Social gaming.

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(rare) Relating to a nation's allies (cf. the Social War)
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(zoology) Cooperating in groups.

A social insect.

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(linguistics) Of or relating to a variety of a language that is used by a group of people sharing some characteristic, such as ethnicity or income level, and differs in pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary from the standard variety.
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Getting along well with others; sociable.

A social nature.

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Origin of social

  • Middle English sociale domestic from Old French social from Latin sociālis of companionship from socius companion sekw-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French social, from Latin sociālis (“of or belonging to a companion or companionship or association, social"), from socius (“a companion, fellow, partner, associate, ally"), from sequor (“follow").

    From Wiktionary