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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Recent Examples on the Web Here researchers used reinforcement learning to rapidly design 30,000 new molecules and then narrow them down to six, which were synthesized and further tested in the lab. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Why These Two Innovations In Artificial Intelligence Are So Important: Eye on A.I.," 17 Sep. 2019 And producers such as Jon Hopkins use it to synthesize haunting new sounds and assemble them into full songs. Wade Roush, Scientific American, "Technology Is Upending How Music Is Made," 1 Mar. 2019 Yaghi and his colleagues synthesized the first MOF in 1995, and chemists have created tens of thousands of the structures since. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Crystalline nets harvest water from desert air, turn carbon dioxide into liquid fuel," 3 Sep. 2019 Weirdly, improbably, with thought and effort, the whole thing synthesizes and works. Ain’t that America. Rachel Manteuffel, Washington Post, "Tim McGraw sings. Jon Meacham talks. This is not your regular book tour.," 22 July 2019 In all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death. Michael Balsamo, BostonGlobe.com, "Jeffrey Epstein’s death was a suicide, N.Y. medical examiner finds," 16 Aug. 2019 In all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death. Los Angeles Times, "Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging," 16 Aug. 2019 In all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death. Anchorage Daily News, "Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging," 16 Aug. 2019 In all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jeffrey Epstein's Neck Broken In Multiple Places, Autopsy Finds," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of synthesize

1830, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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3 Nov 2019

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The first known use of synthesize was in 1830

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synthesize

verb
How to pronounce synthesize (audio)

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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