Definition of “society” - English Dictionary

“society” in English

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uk /səˈsaɪ.ə.ti/ us /səˈsaɪ.ə.t̬i/

society noun (PEOPLE)

B1 [ C or U ] a large group of people who live together in an organized way, making decisions about how to do things and sharing the work that needs to be done. All the people in a country, or in several similar countries, can be referred to as a society:

These changes strike at the heart of British/American/modern society.
There's a danger that we will end up blaming innocent children for society's problems.
We must also consider the needs of the younger/older members of society.

[ U ] also high society the part of society that consists of people who are rich, powerful, and fashionable:

[ U ] formal the state of being together with other people:

She prefers her own society (= likes to be alone).

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(Definition of “society” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“society” in American English

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us /səˈsɑɪ·ɪ·t̬i/

society noun (PEOPLE)

[ C/U ] people considered as a group, or a group of people who live together in a particular social system:

[ U ] Society is changing little by little.
[ C ] Societies change over the course of time.

[ C/U ] Society also refers to that group of people who are rich, powerful, or fashionable:

[ U ] He’s a part of Boston society.

society noun (ORGANIZATION)

[ C ] an organization for people who have special interests or who want to support particular activities:

Zoological societies protect and study wild animals.

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“society” in Business English

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uk /səˈsaɪəti/ us plural societies

[ U ] people in general living together in an organized way, making decisions about how to do things, and sharing the work that needs to be done:

Society cannot expect perfection in products and services, but it can expect that corporations will always act responsibly.
These fraudsters are preying on the poorest and the most vulnerable people in society.

[ C or U ] the people who live in a particular country or area and their way of life and customs:

The prime growth engine of capitalist societies is innovation.
We live in a multicultural society.
Will we ever achieve a cashless society?
Homeownership is a linchpin of American society.

[ C ] BANKING used in the name of some UK banks to show that they are mutuals (= banks that are owned by the people who keep money in them), or that they were mutual in the past:

The building society responded to numerous inquiries about mortgages from first-time buyers.
These bonds are only offered by friendly societies.
The society says it has been passing on extra benefits to its members for some time.

[ C ] an organization to which people who share similar interests can belong:

the American Society of Civil Engineers
the Industrial Society

(Definition of “society” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Training and awareness-raising in the field of equal opportunities should not only target these women, however, but society as a whole.
Moreover, the proposed 'statute' system may lead to political control of the parties, legal references for which are extremely vague, and which would be unworthy of a free society.
Participation of women in all sectors of society and the achievement of general social, cultural and economic progress begin with reasonable qualitative and quantitative education.
However, it is not right for the debate at this stage to be delayed or for the creation of the cooperative society to be put off.
As regards churches and civil society there is an ongoing dialogue as well as co-operation on a number of specific projects.
Since then the number of sites has been increasing and at the same time the attention of parents, teachers, and everyone in society has clearly been raised.
Is politics really the art of the possible or have we lost sight of the core values of the society that we purport to represent?
In practice little has been achieved when it comes to infrastructure, transport, environment, urban and rural development, fishing, enterprise policy, the information society, research, technological development, training and in-service training.
The balanced and active participation of women and men in political life is a crucial instrument for consolidating a more just and democratic society.
Re-use and commercial exploitation of public information, as proposed by the rapporteur, will lead to a real information society for all.