Definition of “social” - English Dictionary

“social” in English

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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

(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)