har·​mo·​nize | \ ˈhär-mə-ˌnīz How to pronounce harmonize (audio) \
harmonized; harmonizing

Definition of harmonize

intransitive verb

1 : to play or sing in harmony
2 : to be in harmony

transitive verb

1 : to bring into consonance or accord
2 : to provide or accompany with harmony

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Other Words from harmonize

harmonization \ ˌhär-​mə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce harmonize (audio) \ noun
harmonizer \ ˈhär-​mə-​ˌnī-​zər How to pronounce harmonize (audio) \ noun

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Examples of harmonize in a Sentence

A group of singers were harmonizing on the street corner. Their beliefs did not always harmonize. The singers harmonized their voices beautifully. a recipe that harmonizes flavors from different parts of the world The background music is not harmonized with the action on-screen.
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Recent Examples on the Web Tech companies have largely supported efforts to update and harmonize international tax policy to bring more certainty to their global business operations, according to Matt Schruers, head of the Computer & Communications Industry Association. Anna Edgerton, Fortune, 9 June 2021 In the conservatory’s Seasonal Exhibition Galleries, the pink-and-gold mosaic Starry Pumpkin (2015) is featured in a woodland garden of foliage and flowers that harmonize with the sculpture’s pink polka dots. Jane Levere, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 The bill would also harmonize the jumble of local regulations with a single statewide list of recyclables based on economic and environmental benefits. Jeff Mcmahon, Forbes, 23 May 2021 As for how the SEC might harmonize standards with the ones being developed or already in existence in other parts of the world, Lee said the SEC needs to work internationally toward some common principles that will serve as a baseline. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 6 Mar. 2021 In order to effectively harmonize generation and distribution, the grid must be outfitted with software that would allow different generation resources to communicate with each other in real time. Erik Kobayashi-solomon, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 There are discoveries to be made, and one of them is how readily these wines harmonize with Ms. Tong’s cooking. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2021 Inside, rugged textures harmonize with the outdoors. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 24 Apr. 2021 Many utilities, though, support the concept of a federal clean electricity standard as a way to harmonize various state policies and could look to push for a later timeline for 100% clean electricity. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of harmonize

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Harmonize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harmonize. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of harmonize

: to play or sing different musical notes that sound pleasing together : to play or sing in harmony
: to be combined or go together in a pleasing way : to be in harmony
: to cause (two or more things) to be combined or to go together in a pleasing or effective way


har·​mo·​nize | \ ˈhär-mə-ˌnīz How to pronounce harmonize (audio) \
harmonized; harmonizing

Kids Definition of harmonize

1 : to play or sing in harmony
2 : to go together in a pleasing way : be in harmony The flavors harmonize well.

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