hy·​brid·​ize | \ˈhī-brə-ˌdīz \
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 \ noun
hybridizer noun

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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 European rose breeders hybridized their plants with some from China to take advantage of the continuous blooming, scent signatures and color of the Asian plants. Karen Weintraub, sacbee, "Scents like roses are poised to make a comeback of sorts | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 Previously, researchers knew that the native Brazilian strain of Bd could hybridize with the killer BdGPL; now, researchers have shown that the African lineage of Bd can do the same. Matthew Fisher, National Geographic, "Ground Zero of Amphibian 'Apocalypse' Finally Found," 10 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 \
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 \ noun
hybridizer also British hybridiser noun

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