Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To associate with others in a brotherly or congenial way.
  • intransitive verb To associate on friendly terms with an enemy or opposing group, often in violation of discipline or orders.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To bring into fellowship or brotherly sympathy.
  • intransitive verb To associate or hold fellowship as brothers, or as men of like occupation or character; to have brotherly feelings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To associate with others in a brotherly or friendly manner;
  • verb intransitive To associate as friends with an enemy, in violation of duty

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb be on friendly terms with someone, as if with a brother, especially with an enemy

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French fraterniser, from Medieval Latin frāternizāre, from Latin frāternus, fraternal; see fraternal.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin, literally "to make brothers"

Examples

  • Castro recommended to the 270 Cuban athletes that they "fraternize" with other athletes competing in the Ninth Central American and Caribbean Games

    CUBAN ATHLETES GOING TO GAMES

  • In the mad excitement, the reckless triumph of that moment, I was ready to "fraternize" with anybody who encouraged me in my game.

    After Dark

  • "fraternize" with anybody who encouraged me in my game.

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  • Peter of Detectives Beyond Bordersblog has just been at a book convention where he met someone whoopined that "fans" "pass the evenings in their rooms among their newly acquired books, missing the chance to fraternize at the hotel bar with the people who wrote those books."

    Weblogs

  • Some became withdrawn, refusing to fraternize with fellow team members in their off-duty time.

    Mercy Kill

  • We were told not to fraternize, to disclose nothing, to consider everything above top secret.

    Soul Trapper

  • Illustration by Jason Schneider Rule 3.09 Rule 3.09: No Fraternizing "Players of opposing teams shall not fraternize at any time while in uniform."

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  • Peter of Detectives Beyond Bordersblog has just been at a book convention where he met someone whoopined that "fans" "pass the evenings in their rooms among their newly acquired books, missing the chance to fraternize at the hotel bar with the people who wrote those books."

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  • Because everybody knows the roman empire fell after they started letting their soldiers fraternize.

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  • Some became withdrawn, refusing to fraternize with fellow team members in their off-duty time.

    Mercy Kill

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