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 The industry agreed to harmonize federal and California regulations on emissions and mileage requirements through 2025. Russ Mitchell, chicagotribune.com, "The electric Mustang is just the start of Ford’s drive to hit 50 mpg in 6 years," 3 Dec. 2019 Getting dozens of state, municipal, and private sources of data to harmonize is a massive undertaking that would cost a significant amount of money. Philip Kiefer, Outside Online, "The West's Water Shortage Is Fueled by Human Error," 11 Nov. 2019 Spencer and Max’s mother was a musician and songwriter who taught them how to harmonize. Travis Deshong, Washington Post, "For D.C. pop band Shaed, the rock-and-roll dream is all about family," 17 Oct. 2019 Both state and federal managers have worked for years to harmonize their disparate rules as much as practicable. Julie Cart, The Mercury News, "Demise of key environment bill could escalate California’s water wars," 20 Sep. 2019 Eventually, all four Evan Hansens join together onstage in a quartet, taking different verses of the song, but also harmonizing in an arrangement that gives new life and vibrancy to the already popular song. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Watch all 4 current Evan Hansens come together for stirring new rendition of 'For Forever'," 30 Oct. 2019 Pure percussion with call-and-response vocals, Baker issued this at the same moment that much of the rock culture was harmonizing along with singer-songwriters such as James Taylor and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Los Angeles Times, "Ten wild, waaay out-there Ginger Baker drum performances," 7 Oct. 2019 Despite all of their different musical styles—from pop to country to R&B—Kelly, Blake, Gwen, and John harmonized perfectly during their first performance as a group. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coaches Gave a Rare Group Performance and It Will Give You Chills," 18 Sep. 2019 The purpose of professional management is to serve clients, shareholders, workers and employees, as well as societies, and to harmonize the different interests of the stakeholders. Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times, "How Shareholder Democracy Failed the People," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of harmonize

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

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“Harmonize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harmonize. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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