verb syn·the·size \ ˈsin(t)-thə-ˌsīz \
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of synthesize

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

Examples of synthesize in a Sentence

  1. She synthesized the treatment from traditional and modern philosophies of medicine.

  2. He synthesized old and new ideas to form his theory.

  3. Amino acid is synthesized in the body.

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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.

First Known Use of synthesize


in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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SYNTHESIZE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of synthesize for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) by combining different things

  • : to combine (things) in order to make something new

  • : to make (something) from simpler substances through a chemical process

SYNTHESIZE Defined for Kids


verb syn·the·size \ ˈsin-thə-ˌsīz \

Definition of synthesize for Students

synthesized; synthesizing
: to produce from the combination of simpler materials
  • Plants synthesize starch from molecules of glucose.

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb syn·the·size
variants: also British synthesise play \-ˌsīz\

medical Definition of synthesize

synthesized also British synthesised; synthesizing also British synthesising
: to combine or produce by synthesis
  • synthesize penicillin

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