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social

adjective uk   /ˈsəʊ.ʃəl/ us    /ˈsoʊ-/

social adjective (GOING OUT)

B1 relating to activities in which you meet and spend time with other people and that happen during the time when you are not working: I had an active social life when I was at college. I'm a social drinker - I only drink when I'm with other people. Most British schools organize social events for the students. I've just become a member of the company's sports and social club.
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social adjective (SOCIETY)

B2 [before noun] relating to society and living together in an organized way: social classes/groups social disorder/trends/change/equality/justice/differences Monkeys are highly social animals.
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social

noun [C] uk   /ˈsəʊ.ʃəl/ us    /ˈsoʊ-/ old-fashioned
an occasion when the members of a group or organization meet informally to enjoy themselves: a church social
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