syn·​the·​size | \ ˈsin(t)-thə-ˌsīz How to pronounce synthesize (audio) \
synthesized; synthesizing

Definition of synthesize

transitive verb

1 : to combine or produce by synthesis
2 : to make a synthesis of
3 : to produce (something, such as music) by an electronic synthesizer

intransitive verb

: to make a synthesis

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Synthesize is a very common word in chemistry, since chemists are constantly synthesizing new compounds—that is, synthetic compounds—including drugs and industrial chemicals. It's also often used when talking about writing; nonfiction writers must often synthesize large amounts of material from many sources to produce a book—which represents a synthesis of the important materials. An electronic synthesizercreates new sounds (which may imitate the sounds of acoustic instruments) by generating different basic tones and then manipulating and merging them together with others.

Examples of synthesize in a Sentence

She synthesized the treatment from traditional and modern philosophies of medicine. He synthesized old and new ideas to form his theory. Amino acid is synthesized in the body.
Recent Examples on the Web Go on trying [to synthesize] this kind of research? Vogue, 29 May 2022 And is there a way to synthesize these two approaches by charting a course to rapid growth that also offers stability and doesn’t carry an oversized risk of simply flaming out? Option 1: Move fast and break things. Omair Tariq, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Yes, make them and not only synthesize them, and analyze them outside of the cell, but also genetically modify the organisms with these ancient DNA molecules, to study the evolution of these genes in tandem with the organism over geologic time. Quanta Magazine, 1 June 2022 The paintings, begun in 2015, elegantly synthesize the myriad strains that have engaged his interests over time. Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 And that takes the ability of the executive team and the board to synthesize large volumes of information, to make sense out of uncertainty. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2022 By tradition, a next step towards drug approval might be to synthesize a standard formulation and do double-blind studies to assess both safety and efficacy. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Alex Welch-Peters, one of these scientists, is desperately trying to synthesize ocean-cleaning super-algae in his space station lab. Kate Knibbs, Wired, 30 Mar. 2022 In 2020 Jakob found that mutant E. coli unable to synthesize polyphosphate showed more activity in genes absorbed from outside the cell—and that this activity plays a key role in cell death from DNA damage. Carrie Arnold, Scientific American, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of synthesize

1830, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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More Definitions for synthesize


syn·​the·​size | \ ˈsin-thə-ˌsīz How to pronounce synthesize (audio) \
synthesized; synthesizing

Kids Definition of synthesize

: to produce from the combination of simpler materials Plants synthesize starch from molecules of glucose.


transitive verb
variants: also British synthesise \ -​ˌsīz How to pronounce synthesize (audio) \
synthesized also British synthesised; synthesizing also British synthesising

Medical Definition of synthesize

: to combine or produce by synthesis synthesize penicillin


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