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


accommodate, attune, conciliate, conform, coordinate, key, reconcile



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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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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 Near the end of the song guest vocalist Julia Michaels, who co-wrote the song, appears on the screen behind the band for her beautiful section of the tune, harmonizing perfectly with the rest of the singers. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Keith Urban Gives an Electrifying Performance of 'Coming Home' on 'Tonight Show': Watch," 27 June 2018 Chicken liver mousse is rich, the liver bass note harmonizing beautifully with fat and acid and flakes of Maldon salt. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Frunchroom is the Jewish-Italian deli you didn’t know you needed in your life," 7 June 2018 His idea of harmonizing his designs with their surroundings, instead of trying to overpower or dominate the landscape, is a principle of sustainability. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Take a 3D Tour Through Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West," 21 June 2018 Still, over the years, new orchestrations by Rimsky-Korsakov and by Shostakovich came along to change the musical character to harmonize with the times. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Searching for Russia's soul, then and now, in 'Boris Godunov'," 19 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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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 \
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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