homogenize

verb

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

transitive verb

1
a
: to blend (diverse elements) into a mixture that is the same throughout
b
: to make uniform in structure or composition throughout : to make homogeneous
2
a
: 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
homogenizer noun

Example Sentences

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 This is storytelling as an act of resistance against colonialism’s effort to homogenize and erase. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2022 When enough brands and retailers begin using these inventory tactics and trend-prediction methods, the results homogenize over time. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 23 June 2022 And this basically puts it back to a point where, like most of these issues when one side of the aisle wants to homogenize it federally, is not the right way to do it. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Mar. 2022 The movement seeks to homogenize Indian culture around Hindu values. CNN, 11 Mar. 2022 Once Hollywood signed the overseas talent, there were two approaches: one was to homogenize the imports and turn them into Hollywood’s version of Americana. Tim Gray, Variety, 21 Jan. 2022 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, 3 Dec. 2020 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, 3 Dec. 2020 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, 3 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see homogeneous

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of homogenize was in 1835

Dictionary Entries Near homogenize

Cite this Entry

“Homogenize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homogenize. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

homogenize

verb

ho·​mog·​e·​nize hō-ˈmäj-ə-ˌnīz How to pronounce homogenize (audio)
hə-
homogenized; homogenizing
1
: to make homogeneous
2
a
: to reduce to small particles of uniform size and distribute evenly
homogenize peanut butter
homogenize paint
b
: to break up the fat of (milk) into very fine particles
homogenization
-ˌmäj-ə-nə-ˈzā-shən
noun
homogenizer
-ˈmäj-ə-ˌnī-zər
noun

Medical Definition

homogenize

verb

ho·​mog·​e·​nize
variants also British homogenise
homogenized also British homogenised; homogenizing also British homogenising

transitive verb

1
: to make homogeneous
2
a
: 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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