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Meaning of “social” in the English Dictionary

"social" in British English

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socialadjective

uk   /ˈsəʊ.ʃəl/  us   /ˈsoʊ-/
  • social adjective (GOING OUT)

B1 relating to ​activities in which you ​meet and ​spendtime 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 ​schoolsorganize social ​events for the ​students.UK I've just ​become a ​member of the company's ​sports and social ​club. approving (also sociable) Social ​people like to ​meet and ​spendtime with other ​people: I'm ​shy, but my brother's very social.

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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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socialnoun [C]

uk   /ˈsəʊ.ʃəl/  us   /ˈsoʊ-/ old-fashioned
an ​occasion when the ​members of a ​group or ​organizationmeetinformally to ​enjoy themselves: a ​church social
(Definition of social from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"social" in American English

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socialadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈsoʊ·ʃəl/
related to the way ​peoplelive together or to the ​rank a ​person has in a ​society: social ​conditions/​position
related to ​meeting and ​spendingtime with other ​people for ​pleasure: He had ​almost no social ​life.
(Definition of social from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"social" in Business English

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socialadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈsəʊʃəl/
relating to ​society and the way ​peoplelive together: Women may have ​emerged as Algeria's most potent ​force for social ​change. If the ​government is to ​earn a ​reputation as a ​government of social ​reform it will need to loosen its ​alliance with ​capitalism.
relating to your ​position in ​society: The ​rate of ​stress at ​work is consistent throughout the ​population, irrespective of age, sex and social ​class. social ​status/​standing
relating to ​activities in which you ​meet and ​spendtime with other ​people and to your ​ability to be ​friendly with others: Social ​skills are what ​employers need most. There is a social ​event every two or three months. I ​keep my social ​life fairly ​separate from ​work.

socialnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsəʊʃəl/
an ​event at which ​people can ​meet and enjoy themselves: The ​company is ​sponsoring socials to ​bringtelecommuters together and give them the ​feeling that they belong to a ​community. We ​meet up at various socials; it ​assiststeambuilding.
(Definition of social from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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