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

Synonyms & Antonyms for harmonize


agree, assort, blend, chime, chime in, conform, consort, coordinate, groove


clash, collide, conflict

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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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Billie has that hauntingly beautiful voice and Shawn can harmonize like no other. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes and Billie Eilish's Brother Have Bromance Over Instagram, But Does It Hint at a Collab?," 28 June 2019 Dish after dish bears the hallmarks of Presnal’s style: complex ingredients, deftly harmonized, that put an abundance of things on the plate and tastes in your mouth. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "The Federal, Agawam," 25 June 2019 Naturally, the Internet and Twittersphere are freaking out because the two are harmonizing like no other. Joi-marie Mckenzie, Essence, "It's A Must Listen: 'Lion King' Stars Beyoncé And Donald Glover Sing 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight'," 24 June 2019 When sweetened with some sugar, the flavor harmonizes beautifully with the strawberries and gives the finished pie filling wonderful body. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Make a special dessert for Dad on his special day," 12 June 2019 This new moon, harmonizing with sobering Saturn, is about taking responsibility for material security. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What Your Sign’s May Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Megan, Katey, and Ryan Bundy harmonized for their portion of the performance while their 14-year-old competitor took on her part alone. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Sparks Outrage After Pitting the Trio Against 14-Year-Old Mikaela Astel," 26 Mar. 2019 Pine boards were used to give the concrete walls a wood-grain finish, which harmonize with the home’s black-locust siding (milled from trees on the property felled during Hurricane Irene). Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "The Rise of the Fashionable Concrete Home," 9 Aug. 2018 The brand is successfully authentic yet timeless, creating contemporary collections each season for young boys and girls–with an aesthetic that harmonizes perfectly with Sagazan's. Victoria Sines, Harper's BAZAAR, "Paris-Based Bridal Designer Laure de Sagazan & Jacadi Collaborate For a Capsule of Flower Girl Dresses," 4 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of harmonize

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

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The first known use of harmonize was in the 15th century

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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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