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social

so·cial

social

 
 
pronunciation:
so shl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: living in groups or communities instead of alone.
Ants and bees are social animals.
synonyms:
communal, gregarious
antonyms:
solitary
similar words:
collective, cooperative, interdependent, neighborly, public
definition 2: of or pertaining to human beings living as part of a group or community.
Discrimination against immigrants is a social problem.The magazine explores today's important social issues.
synonyms:
communal
antonyms:
individual
similar words:
civic, civil, collective, common, ethnic, public, societal, tribal
definition 3: of or pertaining to the welfare of human beings living in groups or communities.
The families receive some assistance from the Department of Social Services.A sincere desire to help people motivated her interest in social work.
similar words:
public
definition 4: friendly; companionable.
He enjoys parties because he is very social.
synonyms:
companionable, friendly, outgoing, sociable
antonyms:
antisocial, unsociable, unsocial
similar words:
affable, amiable, civil, congenial, convivial, cooperative, gregarious, neighborly
definition 5: of or characterized by friendly or companionable relationships or activities.
a social organization
synonyms:
friendly, sociable
similar words:
communal, congenial, convivial, cordial, hospitable, neighborly
definition 6: of or pertaining to upper-class or genteel society.
the social season
synonyms:
society
similar words:
chic, fashionable, genteel, stylish, upper-class
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part of speech: noun
definition: an informal social occasion.
a church social
synonyms:
affair
derivations: socially (adv.), socialness (n.)
Word History
Social comes from socialis, a Latin word that means "united" or "living with others."
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