hy·​brid·​ize | \ ˈhī-brə-ˌdīz How to pronounce hybridize (audio) \
hybridized; hybridizing

Definition of hybridize

transitive verb

: to cause to produce hybrids : interbreed

intransitive verb

: to produce hybrids

Other Words from hybridize

hybridization \ ˌhī-​brə-​də-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce hybridize (audio) \ noun
hybridizer noun

Examples of hybridize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The strategy includes plans to hybridize the marque’s entire lineup by 2024 and introduce its first EV by the end of the decade. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 10 Nov. 2021 There are so many ways to hybridize your event other than just live streaming to at-home viewers. Dave Oury, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 No more, as video ad measurements open up, digitize and hybridize TV & CTV and digital video, the pure digital players with massive audiences are going to be better positioned to exploit that world than the TV companies. Brad Adgate, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Which organizations will have sufficient maturity to hybridize AI intelligence with human thought — to develop intelligence augmented by and for people? Rob Harvey, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Species readily hybridize, making all sorts of color combinations possible. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 8 Apr. 2021 Snow geese and specklebellies are also known to hybridize. Ryan Chelius, Outdoor Life, 1 Mar. 2021 The Hungarian team had every reason to be confident that their fish could not hybridize. Quanta Magazine, 5 Aug. 2020 Often several sunfish species inhabit the same water, and some species hybridize. Popular Science, 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of hybridize

1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Hybridize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hybridize. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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variants: also British hybridise \ ˈhī-​brə-​ˌdīz How to pronounce hybridize (audio) \
hybridized also British hybridised; hybridizing also British hybridising

Medical Definition of hybridize

transitive verb

: to cause to interbreed or combine so as to produce hybrids hybridize two species fuse and hybridize somatic cells of two different species hybridize two DNAs

intransitive verb

: to produce hybrids

Other Words from hybridize

hybridization also British hybridisation \ ˌhī-​brəd-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce hybridize (audio) \ noun
hybridizer also British hybridiser noun

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