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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
so•cial /ˈsoʊʃəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. Sociologyof or relating to friendly companionship or relations:a social club.
  2. Sociologyfriendly or sociable:a social personality.
  3. Sociologyliving in companionship with others rather than in isolation:Humans are social animals.
  4. Sociology of or relating to human society, esp. when it is divided into classes according to status:[often: before a noun]the social classes of the Middle Ages in Europe.

n. [countable]
  1. a social gathering esp. of or given by an organized group:a church social.
so•cial•ly, adv. See -soc-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
so•cial  (sōshəl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. Sociologypertaining to, devoted to, or characterized by friendly companionship or relations:a social club.
  2. Sociologyseeking or enjoying the companionship of others;
  3. Sociologyof, pertaining to, connected with, or suited to polite or fashionable society:a social event.
  4. Sociologyliving or disposed to live in companionship with others or in a community, rather than in isolation:People are social beings.
  5. Sociologyof or pertaining to human society, esp. as a body divided into classes according to status:social rank.
  6. Sociologyinvolved in many social activities:We're so busy working, we have to be a little less social now.
  7. Sociologyof or pertaining to the life, welfare, and relations of human beings in a community:social problems.
  8. Sociologynoting or pertaining to activities designed to remedy or alleviate certain unfavorable conditions of life in a community, esp. among the poor.
  9. Sociologypertaining to or advocating socialism.
  10. Zoologyliving habitually together in communities, as bees or ants. Cf.  solitary (def. 8).
  11. Botanygrowing in patches or clumps.
  12. Sociology, Slang Terms[Rare.]occurring or taking place between allies or confederates.

  1. a social gathering or party, esp. of or as given by an organized group:a church social.
social•ly, adv. 
social•ness, n. 
  • Latin sociālis, equivalent. to soci(us) partner, comrade + -ālis -al1
  • 1555–65

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