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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Other challenging nutrients are vitamin D, vitamin B12 and taurine - an amino acid found in mammalian tissues (humans and dogs can synthesize it from plant sources). Marta Zaraska, chicagotribune.com, "Be leery about vegetarian diets for your pets," 10 July 2019 The Modernist Garden synthesizes his plant palette, especially big palm trees, and the architectural elements that defined his gardens, including a relief mural, an ornamental pool and extravagantly patterned pavement. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This Brazilian artist and landscape architect was bound only by the limits of his imagination," 8 July 2019 But synthesizing those hormones from animal or plant extracts had been too expensive and relatively ineffective for use in commercial oral contraceptives. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "George Rosenkranz, a developer of the birth control pill, dies at 102," 26 June 2019 But synthesizing those hormones from animal or plant extracts had been too expensive and relatively ineffective for use in commercial oral contraceptives. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "George Rosenkranz, a Developer of the Birth Control Pill, Dies at 102," 23 June 2019 The other 11 are nonessential because the body is able to synthesize them out of the essential amino acids or the normal process of breaking down proteins, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here's What Actually Happens in Your Body When You Eat Protein," 20 June 2019 And helping people synthesize some of that information. Eric Johnson, Recode, "23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki says ‘one of our biggest competitors’ is fake science on sites like Goop," 20 Oct. 2018 The vampire bat microbiome helps with the nutritional aspect of blood sucking by aiding with carbohydrate metabolism and synthesizing essential cofactors and vitamins lacking in blood. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Gut bacteria key to the vampire bat’s ability to survive on blood," 1 Mar. 2018 Guthrie said, because nerve agents are relatively difficult to synthesize and manufacturing them requires expertise. Washington Post, "Rare but deadly nerve agents have been used in war, terror," 8 Mar. 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 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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