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Noun: socialization  ,sow-shu-lu'zey-shun [N. Amer], ,sow-shu-lI'zey-shun [Brit]
  1. The action of establishing on a socialist basis
    "the socialization of medical services";
    - socialisation [Brit]
     
  2. The act of meeting for social purposes
    "there was too much socialization with the enlisted men";
    - socialisation [Brit], socializing, socialising [Brit]
     
  3. The adoption of the behaviour patterns of the surrounding culture
    "the socialization of children to the norms of their culture";
    - socialisation [Brit], acculturation, enculturation

Derived forms: socializations

Type of: coming together, group action, meeting, social control

Encyclopedia: Socialization