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 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, "A Host of Squalid Oligarchs," 3 Oct. 2019 Whole milk homogenized in house never blankets coffee’s flavor. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Coat Check Coffee's new concept at Bottleworks will roast its own coffee," 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, "How South Korea Is Composting Its Way to Sustainability," 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, "Malbecs From Argentina Fight the Stereotypes," 7 Nov. 2019 Those righteous vegetables lost their way only once, in a vegan pâté that homogenized the flavors of eggplant, chickpeas, walnuts and capers into a bland whirl that tasted like pimento cheese on its day off. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: 188 South gives New Braunfels restaurant fans a strong place for pizza, cocktails and small plates," 28 Nov. 2019 States have dictated what teachers should teach grade by grade, homogenizing schooling in hopes of improving it. Matthew Ladner, National Review, "Arizona’s Success with Charter Schools Is a Model Other States Would Be Wise to Follow," 8 Nov. 2019 Some thought streaming would homogenize the music people hear around the globe. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Rap Goes Global, On A Local Level," 17 Oct. 2019 These syndicate and chain systems rendered local papers far less local, homogenizing Americans’ news diets and spreading a consumer culture that retains its hold on Americans today. Julia Guarneri, Smithsonian, "How Syndicated Columns, Comics and Stories Forever Changed the News Media," 31 Oct. 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 15 Aug. 2020.

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homogenize

verb
How to pronounce homogenize (audio)

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 homogenise (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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