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Definition of social adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    social

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈsəʊʃl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsoʊʃl//
     
    Belonging to society
     
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    connected with society
  1. 1  [only before noun] connected with society and the way it is organized social issues/problems/reforms a call for social and economic change See related entries: Belonging to society
  2. 2  [only before noun] connected with your position in society social class/background social advancement (= improving your position in society) social mobility (= the movement of people from one social class to another)
  3. activities with others
  4. 3  [only before noun] connected with activities in which people meet each other for pleasure a busy social life Team sports help to develop a child's social skills (= the ability to talk easily to other people and do things in a group). Social events and training days are arranged for all the staff. Join a social club to make new friends.
  5. animals
  6. 4[only before noun] (specialist) living naturally in groups, rather than alone Apes are social animals.
  7. friendly
  8. 5= sociable
  9. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin socialis ‘allied’, from socius ‘friend’.Extra examples He’s not very social tonight, he just got dumped. Poor areas or areas with greater social problems received more help. Scientists should take social responsibility for the technology they develop. The period after the Second World War saw rapid economic and social change. The study found that health was strongly affected by social class. There has been a growth in economic opportunity and social mobility. social changes/​problems
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: social