homogenize

verb
ho·​mog·​e·​nize | \ hō-ˈmä-jə-ˌnīz How to pronounce homogenize (audio) , hə- \
homogenized; homogenizing

Definition of homogenize

transitive verb

1a : to blend (diverse elements) into a mixture that is the same throughout
b : to make uniform in structure or composition throughout : to make homogeneous
2a : to reduce to small particles of uniform size and distribute evenly usually in a liquid
b : to reduce the particles of so that they are uniformly small and evenly distributed specifically : to break up the fat globules of (milk) into very fine particles As a chemist, he developed equipment to homogenize milk — Matt Stiles

intransitive verb

: to become uniform in structure or composition throughout : to become homogenized

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Other Words from homogenize

homogenizer noun

Examples of homogenize in a Sentence

The new curriculum is an attempt to homogenize education throughout the county. plans to homogenize the science curriculum in public high schools throughout the state
Recent Examples on the Web But guidelines to homogenize healthcare have become a steamroller, presuming that experts always know which treatments are best and that they should be applied uniformly. Sandeep Jauhar, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2021 Physicians and hospital leaders are struggling with the loss of control over their institutions and worried that the new era of top-down management threatens to homogenize a group of hospitals with different cultures and identities. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2021 Even as the various Romanian regimes, especially the Communists, strove to demographically homogenize the major cities seized from Hungary, Temesvár retained much of its cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic character and Western orientation. Diarmaid Macculloch, The New York Review of Books, 2 July 2020 But the aim of China’s actions in Xinjiang is clear: to homogenize Uighurs into the country’s Han Chinese majority, even if that means erasing their cultural and religious identity for good. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 4 Oct. 2020 To admit to that kind of curatorial (and partly homogenizing) role is more than the contemporary Ivy League can bring itself to do. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 3 Oct. 2019 Whole milk homogenized in house never blankets coffee’s flavor. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, 21 Feb. 2020 The Tiger then homogenizes the organic material by dampening and grinding it into bits of mash, thereby hastening decomposition. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 2 Mar. 2020 What if the grapes were fermented in small lots, so that each section of the vineyard could be treated individually rather than homogenized in huge vats? Eric Asimov, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of homogenize

1835, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for homogenize

see homogeneous

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“Homogenize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homogenize. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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homogenize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of homogenize

formal
: to treat (milk) so that the fat is mixed throughout instead of floating on top
: to change (something) so that its parts are the same or similar

homogenize

verb
ho·​mog·​e·​nize | \ hō-ˈmä-jə-ˌnīz How to pronounce homogenize (audio) , hə- \
homogenized; homogenizing

Kids Definition of homogenize

: to reduce the particles within a liquid (as milk or paint) to the same size and spread them evenly in the liquid

homogenize

verb
ho·​mog·​e·​nize
variants: also British homogenise \ hō-​ˈmäj-​ə-​ˌnīz, hə-​ How to pronounce homogenize (audio) \
homogenized also British homogenised; homogenizing also British homogenising

Medical Definition of homogenize

transitive verb

1 : to make homogeneous
2a : to reduce to small particles of uniform size and distribute evenly usually in a liquid
b : to reduce the particles of so that they are uniformly small and evenly distributed specifically : to break up the fat globules of (milk) into very fine particles especially by forcing through minute openings

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