synthesize

verb
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.
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For guidance, @max_energy @samthernstrom & I reviewed 40 academic studies charting course to a decarbonized power system & synthesized findings in a paper just published in the journal Joule. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 High Pressure, High Temperature (H.P.H.T.) Scientists have been synthesizing diamonds for decades, producing the first gem-quality stones in the 1950s. New York Times, "How to Make a Synthetic Diamond," 29 May 2018 Vitamin B12 is a substance humans do not produce themselves yet need for a variety of important bodily functions like forming red blood cells, promoting neurological functioning, and synthesizing DNA. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "These new vape companies want you to inhale ... vitamins," 24 Oct. 2018 Students build on skills developed in the AP Seminar course by learning how to understand research methodology, employ ethical research practices, and collect, analyze, and synthesize information to build, present, and defend an argument. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "High school participates in innovative program that supports students' college success: Strong Points," 9 Feb. 2018 This is the quandary facing many biotech companies that specialize in synthesizing or printing DNA. Justin Chen, STAT, "In the age of mail-order DNA, a firm seeks to increase safety without slowing progress," 6 July 2018 This supposes that hydrogen will be synthesized at centralized facilities using methane reformation, outfitted with a carbon capture system that could store any excess carbon in underwater aquifers off the coast of England. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Natural gas firms have a proposal to convert home heating to hydrogen," 25 Nov. 2018 Then, the swap happens, with a neural network synthesizing video of the target individual based on the stick figure movements of source. James Vincent, The Verge, "Deepfakes for dancing: you can now use AI to fake those dance moves you always wanted," 26 Aug. 2018 The new material was originally synthesized as an absorbent powder. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Ridiculously Absorbent Sponge Could Help Soak Up Oil Spills," 1 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of synthesize

1830, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of synthesize was in 1830

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synthesize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of synthesize

: to make (something) by combining different things
: to combine (things) in order to make something new
technical : to make (something) from simpler substances through a chemical process

synthesize

verb
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.

synthesize

transitive verb
syn·​the·​size
variants: also British synthesise \ -​ˌsīz How to pronounce synthesise (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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