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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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 Great fried chicken is juicy, crispy and packs a little heat so your beverage has to be able to harmonize with that. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Fried chicken with Champagne? Why this quirky culinary combo is a must-try," 2 July 2019 The orange flavor is fresh and natural, harmonizing beautifully with the organic Madagascar vanilla. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Question for Ballast Point: What the Heck is Going On?," 25 July 2019 But there are good options to better harmonize these pet necessities with your home furnishings. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Doggy decor: Designing for a fur baby," 1 July 2019 Feng shui is the Chinese method of finding harmonizing spatial arrangement. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Nick Ahmed leaves Diamondbacks game with left hand contusion," 20 June 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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