verb, transitive + intransitive

sym·​pho·​nize ˈsim(p)-fə-ˌnīz How to pronounce symphonize (audio)
variants also British symphonise
symphonized; symphonizing; symphonizes
intransitive archaic : to harmonize with other musicians
: to arrange (music) for orchestra
several attempts to symphonize this jazz standard

Word History


symphony + -ize

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of symphonize was in the 15th century

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“Symphonize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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