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

Examples of hybridize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Hungarian team had every reason to be confident that their fish could not hybridize. Quanta Magazine, "Extra DNA May Make Unlikely Hybrid Fish Possible," 5 Aug. 2020 Often several sunfish species inhabit the same water, and some species hybridize. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 They have been hybridized for years to produce a big, bold and bodacious display of color. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "With the right placement and little care, hydrangeas can make your Kentucky garden pop," 8 May 2020 In addition to the shoe, the brands are releasing a large version of Prada’s bowling bag tote, also in white leather, that hybridizes Prada’s iconic silhouette with the functionality of an Adidas gym bag. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Exclusive: Prada and Adidas Unveil Their Sneaker Collaboration," 25 Nov. 2019 The Swedish carmaker is arguably the legacy brand most committed to an electric future and continues to declare that its entire lineup will be either electric or hybridized by 2025. Eric Adams, Wired, "As Other Carmakers Retrench, Volvo's Battery Lab Plugs Away," 14 Apr. 2020 McLaren is already committed to hybridizing almost its entire lineup, but with electrical power playing a relatively limited role. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Hypercar Maker McLaren Says Hybrids Are Close, EVs Further Away," 6 Mar. 2020 Tickets: sold out; try resellers SeatGeek or StubHub. hawthornetheatre.com Dermot Kennedy Dermot Kennedy’s hybridized folk-hip-hop, if a bit schmaltzy, is more palatable than its category suggests. oregonlive, "Live music in Portland: 25 January concerts you won’t want to miss," 30 Dec. 2019 However, the two chickadee species do sometimes mate and hybridize along the zone, meaning scent isn’t the only cue that leads to reproduction. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Birds Sniff Each Other’s Bacteria to Help Choose a Mate," 11 Nov. 2019

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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 3 Dec. 2020.

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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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