Definition of homogenize
2a : to reduce to small particles of uniform size and distribute evenly usually in a liquidb : 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>
: to become uniform in structure or composition throughout : to become homogenized
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>
Did You Know?
Homogenized milk has been around so long--about a hundred years--that many Americans have never seen milk with the cream on top, and probably think cream separation only happens in expensive yogurt. But homogenize was being used before anyone succeeded in getting milk and cream to mix. People who use the word often dislike the idea that everything is becoming the same, whether it's radio shows that are no longer produced locally or schools that rely too much on standardized testing.
Origin and Etymology of homogenize
First Known Use: 1886
HOMOGENIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of homogenize for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of homogenize for Students
: to reduce the particles within a liquid (as milk or paint) to the same size and spread them evenly in the liquid
Medical Definition of homogenize
transitive verb: to make homogeneous
2a: to reduce to small particles of uniform size and distribute evenly usually in a liquidb: 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
intransitive verb: to become homogenized
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