homogenize

verb
ho·mog·e·nize | \hō-ˈmä-jə-ˌnīz, 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 homogenized milk

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

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The host cities are sanitized, homogenized by the experience. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Russia Has Set the World Cup Table. Will Russians Embrace the Party?," 14 June 2018 The county’s entry into World War II killed nearly 40 percent of the beer industry and homogenizing tastes did the rest. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "How Goose Island sale to Anheuser-Busch changed craft beer; new book by Tribune beer writer Josh Noel," 9 May 2018 To me, that’s gold, especially in a world where everything’s getting homogenized. Linda Dyett, New York Times, "John Fluevog Is Cool Again. Maybe He Always Was.," 5 July 2018 Cultured buttermilk is from milk that has been pasteurized and homogenized. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "The basics of buttermilk," 12 June 2018 In American pop culture, that Latin experience is often homogenized, recognizable to much of us but never terribly specific. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "Vida Is the Unapologetically Latinx Show You Need To Watch," 22 May 2018 Those imposters likely bred with local varieties of the salamander, hybridizing and homogenizing the gene pool. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The 6-Foot Chinese Giant Salamander Is in Serious Trouble," 21 May 2018 Would homogenizing the whole experience strip surfing of its soul? Rob Hodgetts, CNN, ""Man, it was incredible,' says Shaun White of Kelly Slater's Surf Ranch," 17 May 2018 Now the lords of baseball have homogenized the sport with interleague games every day, removing the uniqueness of the Series. Hal Block, chicagotribune.com, "Rules tinkering by baseball bosses are ruining the sport," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of homogenize

1886, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for homogenize

see homogeneous

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The first known use of homogenize was in 1886

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homogenize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of homogenize

: 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, 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- \
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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