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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Radin and Hoffman co-write songs with self-awareness and a sense of humor, switching off on lead vocal duties and harmonizing with a hint of twang on choruses that swell with earnest emotion. Karen Muller, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston’s Future Teens navigate romance in the age of texting and Tinder," 21 Aug. 2019 Mind your neighbors: Look at the roofs around yours and choose a shingle color that harmonizes. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, "Need a new roof? 7 pro tips to help you choose those shingles," 21 Aug. 2019 In an exclusive preview clip, the artists can be seen strumming and harmonizing joyously to the tune, which was originally released on Yoakam’s 1993 album This Time. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Watch Post Malone Perform a Duet With Dwight Yoakam on SiriusXM," 4 June 2018 The heartache of the women, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, is nothing but a cruel joke on them, and the bass-baritone, Don Alfonso, who harmonizes with them, is the cynical philosopher who has proposed the bet. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, "‘Così’ in Coney," 27 Mar. 2018 Belluschi’s first residential commission, the 1938 Jennings Sutor House, was designed to harmonize with its setting on Northwest Skyline Boulevard. oregonlive.com, "Celebrating architect Pietro Belluschi’s 120th anniversary: You’re invited to walking tours, talks this weekend," 16 Aug. 2019 Grilled sliced of wheat-y Bellegarde sourdough and tangy strawberry-beet mostarda accompany, and the three components eaten together harmonize like a choir. Fortune, "Review: Patience Is a Virtue Well-Rewarded at this New Orleans Hotel Bar," 14 July 2019 Robert Duvall’s Colonel Kilgore harmonizes Wagner with bullets. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Greatest War Movie Ever Made," 10 Aug. 2019 Bostwick, who designed the Clinic’s garage and office building at East 93rd Street and Euclid Avenue, did a more convincing job of designing a building that harmonizes with his former boss’s work, but without imitating it. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Remembering architect Cesar Pelli’s big contributions to Cleveland: An appreciation - Steven Litt," 28 July 2019

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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 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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