synthesize

verb
syn·​the·​size | \ ˈsin(t)-thə-ˌsīz \
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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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 With this proof of concept in place, the next step may be to synthesize a human genome from scratch, eventually enabling us to permanently fix some of the broken genes that cause human diseases. Adrian Woolfson, WSJ, "‘The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth’ Review: Desperate Remedies," 12 Dec. 2018 Watson for Oncology was supposed to synthesize enormous amounts of data and come up with novel insights. Angela Chen, The Verge, "IBM’s Watson gave unsafe recommendations for treating cancer," 26 July 2018 Accordingly, 9 can effortlessly synthesize large quantities of stimuli, psychically connecting the dots to form a cohesive whole. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 2018 The results, said Glanzman, suggest that memories may be stored within the nucleus of neurons, where RNA is synthesized and can act on DNA to turn genes on and off. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, "Memory transferred between snails, challenging standard theory of how the brain remembers," 14 May 2018 But these changes in ocean temperatures are not steady or even, and scientists have lacked the tools to define, synthesize and understand the global patterns of marine heatwaves and their biological impacts. Smithsonian, "Ocean Heatwaves Are Getting Longer and More Intense," 2 June 2018

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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 \
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 \
synthesized also British synthesised; synthesizing also British synthesising

Medical Definition of synthesize

: to combine or produce by synthesis synthesize penicillin

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