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

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 The American Federation of Government Employees, which had asked the administration to harmonize the mandate with the Jan. 4th vaccination deadline for federal contractors, applauded the enforcement timeline. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2021 Although amateur performers have multiple opportunities to harmonize in the region’s various community choirs, Orlando Sings will entertain with large and small all-professional ensembles. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 16 Nov. 2021 As hybrid and remote work models seem here to stay, approximately 60% of companies surveyed are implementing new technologies to harmonize the need for connection and collaboration with flexibility and accommodation. Tom Plaut, The Enquirer, 11 Nov. 2021 Each artist was told to contact those designing the adjoining canvases so their work would harmonize at the edges. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 1 Oct. 2021 Finishes and fabrics in natural tones harmonize with nature. Jessica Brinkert Holtam, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Oct. 2021 To be in the group, the members have to be able to sing and harmonize well, and also play an instrument such as violin, trumpet and guitar. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 13 Oct. 2021 Thursday’s integration talks saw Putin and Lukashenko agree to take steps to unify or harmonize 28 program areas, including customs, agricultural policy, energy markets, monetary policy and others. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 The ability to harmonize structured and unstructured data into standard formats such as FHIR formats, for example, is a significant step beyond just creating APIs. Aashima Gupta, Forbes, 14 Oct. 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 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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