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 harmonization (audio) \ noun
harmonizer \ ˈhär-​mə-​ˌnī-​zər How to pronounce harmonizer (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 There is also a question of how the public advocate’s work would harmonize with multiple agencies across city government tasked with investigating municipal corruption, fraud and waste. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Aiming at corruption, SF Supervisor Mar takes another stab at creating an office of public advocate," 19 May 2020 And once again, he's taken a classic song and given it a fresh take with his lower range of vocals, belting out the lyrics with his raspy, rocker voice, playing the guitar and harmonizing with Yungblud who plays the piano. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Watch Machine Gun Kelly and Yungblud rock out with 'Champagne Supernova' cover," 3 Apr. 2020 Kristen Shattuck continued a lovely Muffs tradition of harmonizing with her big sister. Roy Mcdonald, Los Angeles Times, "Remembering the Muffs’ Kim Shattuck: ‘She is the bravest person I’ll ever know’," 9 Oct. 2019 The whole core cast harmonized to the sweet song, with Donna Meagle (Retta) showing off her amazing voice. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Watch Parks and Recreation cast perform moving tribute to Li'l Sebastian during reunion," 1 May 2020 The two companies, which are both developing drugs based on the Nobel Prize-winning technique known as RNA interference, announced an accord Monday intended to harmonize two of their drug programs. Kate Sheridan, STAT, "Alnylam and Dicerna, onetime rivals, announce a ceasefire," 6 Apr. 2020 Also known as Chinese geomancy, the principles of feng shui seek to harmonize a person with their environment—both in the home and the garden—using the eight cardinal directions as the framework. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Feng Shui Brings Harmony to a Colorado Garden," 3 Mar. 2020 The Beach Boys began in the early 1960s as teenagers harmonizing in a Hawthorne, Calif., living room. Morgan Enos, Fortune, "How the Beach Boys became two separate, warring factions," 3 Mar. 2020 The burble of her voice and that of the Volkswagen's engine also harmonized in a strangely soothing way. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Italy's Forgotten Palazzos Make for an Opulent Road Trip," 9 Feb. 2020

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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 May. 2020.

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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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