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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
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 © 2019
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

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

social /ˈsəʊʃəl/ adj
  1. living or preferring to live in a community rather than alone
  2. denoting or relating to human society or any of its subdivisions
  3. of, relating to, or characteristic of the experience, behaviour, and interaction of persons forming groups
  4. relating to or having the purpose of promoting companionship, communal activities, etc: a social club
  5. relating to or engaged in social services: a social worker
  6. relating to or considered appropriate to a certain class of society, esp one thought superior
  7. (esp of certain species of insects) living together in organized colonies: social bees
  8. (of plant species) growing in clumps, usually over a wide area
  1. an informal gathering, esp of an organized group, to promote companionship, communal activity, etc
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin sociālis companionable, from socius a comrade

ˈsocially adv

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