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 Leisurely in its rhythms and urgently political in its concerns, the movie stands in humble, defiant opposition to the forces that are shaping and homogenizing too much of our own contemporary reality, the impulse to hurry not least among them. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’ a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 20 June 2019 The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an enormous machine that absorbs and homogenizes a lot of its contributors’ distinct flavors. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Cop Car shows where Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts learned action and storytelling," 5 July 2019 Leisurely in its rhythms and urgently political in its concerns, the movie stands in humble, defiant opposition to the forces that are shaping and homogenizing too much of our own contemporary reality, the impulse to hurry not least among them. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’ a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 20 June 2019 Leisurely in its rhythms and urgently political in its concerns, the movie stands in humble, defiant opposition to the forces that are shaping and homogenizing too much of our own contemporary reality, the impulse to hurry not least among them. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ is a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 13 June 2019 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

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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

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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