harmonize

verb
har·​mo·​nize | \ ˈhär-mə-ˌnīz \
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 \ noun
harmonizer \ ˈhär-​mə-​ˌnī-​zər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for harmonize

Synonyms

agree, assort, blend, chime, chime in, conform, consort, coordinate, groove

Antonyms

clash, collide, conflict

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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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The brand is successfully authentic yet timeless, creating contemporary collections each season for young boys and girls–with an aesthetic that harmonizes perfectly with Sagazan's. Victoria Sines, Harper's BAZAAR, "Paris-Based Bridal Designer Laure de Sagazan & Jacadi Collaborate For a Capsule of Flower Girl Dresses," 4 Apr. 2017 The band harmonizes with him, adding a sort of exclamation point. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "The Record Company Reflect On Their Childhood in 'The Movie Song': Exclusive Premiere," 31 May 2018 The act doesn’t harmonize American law with international law. Lawrence Lessig, WIRED, "Congress' Latest Move to Extend Copyright Protection Is Misguided," 18 May 2018 In 2009, Obama began an effort to revise the federal standards to harmonize a mishmash of greenhouse-gas and fuel-economy standards set by federal agencies and California. Hiroko Tabuchi, The Seattle Times, "California strikes back against the Trump administration’s auto-pollution rollback," 7 Aug. 2018 Truth, to detectives, is that which makes the cacophony of happenstance harmonize. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Truth-Affirming Powers of a Good, Old-Fashioned Netflix Binge," 23 May 2018 It is aimed at speeding up the Big Board’s trading systems and harmonizing the technology used by the NYSE’s family of four equities and two options exchanges. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "New York Stock Exchange Executive to Join Winklevoss Bitcoin Firm," 6 July 2018 Australia is now seeking to harmonize laws across its states and territories to act on the royal commission’s recommendations. Washington Post, "Australia PM will make national apology to sex abuse victims," 13 June 2018 La Volpe was impressed with Camacho’s expertise in history and feng shui, the Chinese practice of harmonizing human surroundings with the natural world. Raúl Vilchis, New York Times, "Mexico Wages a Psychological Battle Against Its World Cup Demons," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of harmonize

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

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The first known use of harmonize was in the 15th century

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harmonize

verb

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

harmonize

verb
har·​mo·​nize | \ ˈhär-mə-ˌnīz \
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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