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"social" in British English

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socialadjective

uk   /ˈsəʊ.ʃəl/  us   /ˈsoʊ.ʃəl/
  • 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 schools organize 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 spend time with other people: I'm shy, but my brother's very social.

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socialnoun [C]

uk   /ˈsəʊ.ʃəl/  us   /ˈsoʊ.ʃəl/ old-fashioned
an occasion when the members of a group or organization meet informally 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 people live together or to the rank a person has in a society: social conditions/position
related to meeting and spending time 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 people live 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 spend time 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 bring telecommuters together and give them the feeling that they belong to a community. We meet up at various socials; it assists team building.
(Definition of social from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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