American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To associate with others in a brotherly or congenial way.
- v. To associate on friendly terms with an enemy or opposing group, often in violation of discipline or orders.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To associate, sympathize, or hold fellowship as brothers; hold brotherly intercourse; have sympathetic relations.
- To bring into fraternal association or into sympathy.
- Also spelled fraternise.
- v. intransitive To associate with others in a brotherly or friendly manner;
- v. intransitive To associate as friends with an enemy, in violation of duty
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To associate or hold fellowship as brothers, or as men of like occupation or character; to have brotherly feelings.
- v. To bring into fellowship or brotherly sympathy.
- v. be on friendly terms with someone, as if with a brother, especially with an enemy
- From Latin, literally "to make brothers" (Wiktionary)
- French fraterniser, from Medieval Latin frāternizāre, from Latin frāternus, fraternal; see fraternal. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“We were told not to fraternize, to disclose nothing, to consider everything above top secret.”
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“Greenville was the home of Bob Jones University, which Africans could attend if they didn't fraternize with white women while African Americans could not.”
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