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

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Other Words from hybridize

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

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Get the recipe: Priya Krishna’s cookbook Indian-ish, documenting her journey of learning to make the distinct, hybridized cuisine of her chic, extremely skilled-in-the-kitchen mom, Ritu, is now out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "The Sneaky, Easy Trick to My Mom’s Perfect Aloo Gobi," 10 June 2019 One of the things, for example, that happens now in modern-day Oaxaca is that people mix [Mixtec] sometimes, and hybridize it with Spanish. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma’s Yalitza Aparicio had never acted before. Now she’s in one of the year’s buzziest films.," 14 Dec. 2018 Funky Pink was hybridized by Benary Seed, which to be honest has kind of become the begonia guru in the gardening world. Norman Winter, sacbee, "Soon, you’ll be playing that Funky Pink in your displays," 6 July 2018 That awareness surfaces regularly here, in works where humans and beasts hybridize, with interchanging body parts and characteristics. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "This Candy Store wasn't a candy store: Remembering a California gallery that made art stars," 3 July 2018 Within a tight pop framework, the underlying music looked for opportunities to hybridize as well. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Linkin Park Gave to Pop Music," 25 June 2018 In that case, could allowing two separate but wholly Cuban species to hybridize prove more palatable from a social perspective? Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 The sunflower was taken to Russia, where it was grown and hybridized as an oil-producing plant. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Enjoy sunflowers almost any time of the year," 6 June 2018 For now, Porsche is holding back from hybridizing its sports cars, citing weight and size as a reason to hold off for the promise of solid state batteries. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Porsche’s Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is a heck of a hybrid," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of hybridize

1845, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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variants: also British hybridise \ ˈhī-​brə-​ˌdīz How to pronounce hybridise (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 hybridisation (audio) \ noun
hybridizer also British hybridiser noun

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