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 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 scent manages to harmonize sweet, spice, smoke, and damp and whisks one off to an otherworldly realm. Travel, "This ancient town is the perfume capital of India," 4 Jan. 2021 When possible, act with predictability rather than spontaneity, as the stability of your mood will help to harmonize events. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for December 24, 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 As users drag Blobs around the screen, the singers harmonize, changing notes and vowel sounds as snow falls gently around them, teaching both basic music theory and opera in the process. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "Google's Blob Opera Combines Christmas Carols With Machine Learning: Here's How to Play Around With it," 16 Dec. 2020 From country to rock, trailer-park shenanigans never sounded so good as when David Foust assembled top-notch singers who could belt and harmonize like nobody’s business. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Theater Best of 2020: Musical direction," 9 Dec. 2020 During ceremonies, the flutes harmonize with shaking rattles and singing. Ian James, AZCentral.com, "'Everything is drying up': As springs on Hopi land decline, a sacred connection is threatened," 7 Dec. 2020 The song's highlight, however, comes when Carey and Grande harmonize toward the end—their signature whistle registers merging to create a heavenly sound. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Three Queens Gather to Save Christmas," 4 Dec. 2020 Over the past 25 years the organization has only approved one multilateral accord, the Trade Facilitation Agreement, which is designed to simplify and harmonize global customs procedures. Bryce Baschuk, Bloomberg.com, "Why the WTO Is Caught in Trump’s Trade-War Crossfire," 24 Sep. 2020 At first blush, the difference in the outcomes at the Supreme Court seems odd because the high court typically takes up issues to harmonize the rules across the country. Mark Sherman, Star Tribune, "Supreme Court issues flurry of last-minute election orders," 29 Oct. 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 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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