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 The red and black lines both clash and concur, but ultimately harmonize in good vibration. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Studies in ‘anti-landscapes’ and seeing the unseen," 25 Sep. 2020 Gerke, who planned Portland’s International Rose Test Garden, achieved her goal here to harmonize the gardens with the house and its setting. oregonlive, "Historic preservation awards salute a wine-filled grain elevator, updated factories and other cool restorations (before, after photos)," 24 Sep. 2020 Talks on digital trade will include measures to harmonize and speed up customs-clearance procedures between countries, Mene said. Prinesha Naidoo, Bloomberg.com, "Africa Trade Pact Negotiators to Fast-Track E-Commerce Talks," 21 Sep. 2020 The main effort to harmonize supply and demand in California’s electricity market has been a program of official pleading for voluntary conservation efforts when electricity is running short. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Heart of California’s Darkness," 17 Sep. 2020 To further harmonize their interests, boards needed to adjust managerial pay to more directly reflect profitability goals. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "How Corporations Pillaged the Free Market," 14 Sep. 2020 Alpina also calibrated the standard all-wheel-drive system and worked its magic on the eight-speed automatic to harmonize with the engine's tune. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 BMW Alpina B7 Upends the 7-Series Hierarchy," 9 Sep. 2020 Yet no government agency has control over the entire corridor, although the river commission set up by the Utah Legislature 10 years ago aims to educate and harmonize all those voices behind a shared vision. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utahns asked to weigh in on the future of the Jordan River," 24 Aug. 2020 While performing to what appeared to be an empty theater, the R&B star and hip-hop veteran were joined by a gospel choir, who were waiting in the wings to eventually harmonize on the song. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, "Watch John Legend and Common Perform Emotional ‘Glory’ With Choir at 2020 DNC," 20 Aug. 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 1 Oct. 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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