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de- +‎ socialize


desocialize (third-person singular simple present desocializes, present participle desocializing, simple past and past participle desocialized)

  1. (transitive) To take out of a social context; individualize.
    • 2008, Jonathan Alexander, Literacy, Sexuality, Pedagogy: Theory and Practice for Composition Studies
      As we desocialize sex and sexuality as purely personal aspects of existence, we begin to see how sexuality is tied to a number of norms...
  2. (transitive) To cause to withdraw from society.
    • 2004, Arden et al, The Angell Memorial Animal Hospital Book of Wellness and Preventive Care
      By twelve weeks puppies enter the juvenile stage, and it is at this stage that a negative experience can desocialize the pup.
  3. (transitive) To cause to cease to be politically socialist.
    • 1975, A P J Van Rensburg, Contemporary Leaders of Africa
      It was a painful process to desocialize and rehabilitate the Malian economy.