Meaning of “social” in the English Dictionary

"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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  • Susannah's party was the social event of the year.
  • I see her two or three times a year, usually at social functions.
  • One of the minus points of working at home is not having social contact with colleagues.
  • Whenever I'm in a social situation with my boss, we seem to run out of conversation after two minutes!
  • a social gathering

social adjective (SOCIETY)

B2 [ before noun ] relating to society and living together in an organized way:

Monkeys are highly social animals.

More examples

  • There have been monumental social and demographic changes in the country.
  • People's voting habits are influenced by political, social and economic factors.
  • The government have failed to come to grips with the two most important social issues of our time.
  • Some monkeys have a very complex social hierarchy.
  • Overpopulation is one of the country's most pressing social problems.

socialnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsəʊ.ʃəl/ us /ˈsoʊ.ʃəl/ old-fashioned

(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/

social adjective [ not gradable ] (OF HUMAN SOCIETY)

related to the way people live together or to the rank a person has in a society:

social adjective [ not gradable ] (OF MEETING PEOPLE)

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 /ˈsəʊʃəl/ us

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.

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 /ˈsəʊʃəl/ us

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)