transitive verb

: to join (diverse things) together
especially : to form into a large community by synoecism

Word History


Greek synoikizein to give in wedlock, combine into one city-state, unite, from synoikos dwelling in the same house + -izein -ize

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“Synoecize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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