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Definition of fraternize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fraternize

 verb
(British English also -ise) verb
BrE BrE//ˈfrætənaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrætərnaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fraternize
BrE BrE//ˈfrætənaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrætərnaɪz//
 
he / she / it fraternizes
BrE BrE//ˈfrætənaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrætərnaɪzɪz//
 
past simple fraternized
BrE BrE//ˈfrætənaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrætərnaɪzd//
 
past participle fraternized
BrE BrE//ˈfrætənaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrætərnaɪzd//
 
-ing form fraternizing
BrE BrE//ˈfrætənaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrætərnaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] fraternize (with somebody) (disapproving) to behave in a friendly manner, especially towards somebody that you are not supposed to be friendly with She was accused of fraternizing with the enemy. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French fraterniser, from medieval Latin fraternizare, from Latin fraternus ‘brotherly’, from frater ‘brother’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fraternize