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 There's the stilted dialogue, the corny jokes, the half-hearted shuffling and a medley of festive songs which suggest that David inherited his mother's somewhat unique approach to harmonizing. Jon O'brien, Billboard, "The 10 Best 'Schitt's Creek' Music Moments," 7 Jan. 2020 The Temptations are harmonizing all up and through your momma’s house. Danielle Young, Essence, "Celebrating The Holidays While Black Is A Blessing," 24 Dec. 2019 The result is an Industrial Park with a felicitous design, a series of buildings with an almost uniform low profile accompanied by attractive landscaping that harmonize with the low density features of the community at large. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: With St. Paul’s trash system, ‘Force Majeure’ might not be as forceful as you think," 13 Oct. 2019 Most early Delta blues musicians played simple guitar figures that harmonized with their voices. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Robert Johnson, Bluesman Whose Life Was a Riddle," 29 Sep. 2019 The basic idea behind the U.C.C. is to provide states with a strategy on harmonizing their commercial laws. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "California's New Law Worries the NCAA, but a Federal Law Is What They Should Fear," 4 Oct. 2019 Maybe someday the two will swap verses and harmonize all of our problems away. Brenton Blanchet, Billboard, "The 10 Best Ariana Grande Songs That Were Never Officially Released," 18 Sep. 2019 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

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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 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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