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 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 Jaguar Land Rover recently introduced a brand-new turbocharged and hybridized inline-six engine on a few Range Rover models, with the new six supplanting the existing supercharged V-6. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Jaguar F-Type Is Getting a Major Facelift with Some Radical Changes," 20 May 2019 Those sales haven’t suddenly disappeared, but engines are slowing becoming hybridized, and will eventually be displaced by fully electric motors. Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Struggling German Family Is Down to Its Last $16 Billion," 7 Mar. 2019 Frontman Nahko Bear embodies the hybridized fruitfully cross-pollinated complexity of true American life. John Adamian, courant.com, "Best Bets: Seven concerts not to miss this week," 22 Sep. 2019 Simpson’s hybridizing focus involves northern hardy plants with outstanding plant habits and colorful appeal. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 16 Sep. 2019 The notion of hybridizing the cars came up over lunch one day. Alex Davies, WIRED, "A Very Fast Spin Through the Hills in a Hybrid Porsche 911," 10 June 2019 Carpenter will show examples of the changes and also speak on how to hybridize and grow from seed. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Daylilies are in glorious splendor now," 21 July 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 30 Mar. 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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