socialso‧cial1 /ˈsəʊʃəl $ ˈsoʊ-/ ●●●S1W1 adjective1societySSSOCIETY relating to human society and its organization, or the quality of people’s livessocial issues, such as unemployment and educationthe country’s serious social problemsa challenge to the social order (=how a particular society is organized)2rankSSCLASS IN SOCIETY relating to your position in society, according to your job, family, wealth etcThe students come from a variety of social classes (=groups of people that have the same social position).the social status of her family3meeting peopleSSSOCIALIZE relating to meeting people, forming relationships with them, and spending time with themsocial interactiona club with lots of social eventsExercise classes are a good way to keep fit and improve your social life.Group play helps children develop social skills (=ability to deal with people easily).He lacked social graces (=good and polite behaviour towards other people).4someone who is social enjoys meeting and talking to other peopleSYN sociable5animalsHBA forming groups or living together in their natural stateOPP solitaryElephants are social animals. →antisocial, sociable, unsocialCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: relating to meeting people, forming relationships with them, and spending time with themnounssomebody's social life (=activities that involve being with other people for pleasure)Teenagers enjoy an active social life.social skills (=the ability to deal with people easily)In school, the children also learn social skills.social graces (=good and polite behaviour towards other people)I had none of the social graces of my fellow pupils.social contact/interactionWork provides social contact.a social call (=one that does not relate to business)Don't misunderstand, this is purely a social call.
socialsocial2 noun1SSDL[countable] a party for the members of a group, club, or church2 →the social
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social• She looked like the kind of girl you would have met at a church social.• There would be whispers at the church socials, cattyremarks behind her back in the supermarketaisles.• A synagoguecanceled its icecreamsocial and auctionsale.• We also hold socials, parties, and organise day trips, again free of charge.• This is not to underestimate the Club's previoussocialcalendar which for many years included successfuldinnerdances and club socials.From King Business Dictionarysocialso‧cial /ˈsəʊʃəlˈsoʊ-/ adjective1concerning human society and its organization, or the quality of people’s livesThe only measurable social cost of high speed rail is that of noise.Companies who dump waste are ignoring their social responsibility.2related to people’s position in society, according to their job, family, wealth etcBritish lawyers enjoy a higher social status than French ones.Money management is not, as you might expect, dominated by the upper social classes.3HUMAN RESOURCES concerning the relationship between companies and employees, and between companies and societyThis is the first time that institutional investors have challenged a company on environmental and social issues.4related to activities you do to enjoy yourself when you are not at workThe firm spent thousands of dollars on social gatherings.5related to the way you meet people and form relationshipsWe are looking for graduates with a high level of social skills (=ability to meet people easily and deal with them well).Originsocial1(1600-1700)Latinsocialis, from socius“someone you spend time with”