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[hahr-muh-nahyz] /ˈhɑr məˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), harmonized, harmonizing.
to bring into harmony, accord, or agreement:
to harmonize one's views with the new situation.
Music. to accompany with appropriate harmony.
verb (used without object), harmonized, harmonizing.
to be in agreement in action, sense, or feeling:
Though of different political parties, all the delegates harmonized on civil rights.
to sing in harmony.
Also, especially British, harmonise.
Origin of harmonize
1475-85; earlier armonise < Middle French harmoniser. See harmony, -ize
Related forms
harmonizable, adjective
harmonization, noun
harmonizer, noun
reharmonize, verb (used with object), reharmonized, reharmonizing.
unharmonize, verb (used with object), unharmonized, unharmonizing.
1. reconcile, compose. 3. agree, accord. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for harmonization
Historical Examples
  • Differentiation and not harmonization is its rule, and this makes its criticism destructive rather than constructive.

    A Tour of the Missions

    Augustus Hopkins Strong
  • It was no external enemy but an internal who must be made harmless, and the method was one of reconciliation and harmonization.

  • There still remains the greatest problem of all, the harmonization of Science and Life.

  • It solves the problem which has so long puzzled Socialists, the harmonization of just individual freedom with social co-operation.

    History of American Socialisms

    John Humphrey Noyes
  • These chromatics should be emphasized, as they are a feature of the 129 passage and form gems of harmonization.

  • And it was done, in twenty-four hours, and was a beautiful and original bit of harmonization.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • The air is plaintive and pretty, and in the harmonization is strongly stamped with the composer's individuality.

    Musical Criticisms Arthur Johnstone
  • The essential features of his structure were (to use Professor Baldwin's words) harmonization, simplification, and gradation.

  • Old bits of harmonization, half forgotten, returned upon him with new meaning in their crude successions.

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • The problem of the harmonization of the interests of classes in community with mutual benefit to all, is scientifically solved.

British Dictionary definitions for harmonization


the act of harmonizing
a system, particularly used in the EU, whereby the blue-collar workers and the white-collar workers in an organization have similar status and any former differences in terms and conditions of employment are levelled up


to make or become harmonious
(transitive) (music) to provide a harmony for (a melody, tune, etc)
(intransitive) to sing in harmony, as with other singers
to collate parallel narratives
Derived Forms
harmonizable, harmonisable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for harmonization

1772, from harmonize + -ation.



late 15c., "play or sing in harmony," from French harmoniser (15c.), from Old French harmonie (see harmony). Meaning "be in harmony" is from 1620s; that of "bring into agreement" is from 1727. Related: Harmonized; harmonizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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