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[sin-thuh-sahyz] /ˈsɪn θəˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), synthesized, synthesizing.
to form (a material or abstract entity) by combining parts or elements (opposed to analyze):
to synthesize a statement.
Chemistry. to combine (constituent elements) into a single or unified entity.
to treat synthetically.
verb (used without object), synthesized, synthesizing.
to make or form a synthesis.
Also, synthetize; especially British, synthesise.
Origin of synthesize
First recorded in 1820-30; synthes(is) + -ize
Related forms
synthesization, noun
nonsynthesized, adjective
resynthesize, verb (used with object), resynthesized, resynthesizing.
unsynthesized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for synthesize
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  • And remember: no chemist alive can synthesize opium or its derivatives.

    Revenge Arthur Porges
  • And there are attempts, worthy attempts, to coordinate and synthesize the sciences.

    A Far Country, Complete Winston Churchill
  • And we can synthesize data for a new job, if it's not too different.

    The Merchants of Venus A. H. Phelps
  • Power and oxygen, we have, and we can grow or synthesize our food.

    Accidental Flight Floyd L. Wallace
  • Wade, as chief chemist, you are to synthesize a little coffee and heat-treat a few eggs for us.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • It was their aim to connect, to synthesize these factors into one commanding and comprehensive view of life.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • As a gangling boy he still took for granted the hard knocks of a world he did not attempt to synthesize.

    The Vision Spendid William MacLeod Raine
  • There were ways to synthesize Earth-normal food, but they were still hopelessly inefficient.

    Badge of Infamy Lester del Rey
  • He is unable to maintain himself at their level, to synthesize them, to reduce them to a system.

British Dictionary definitions for synthesize


to combine or cause to combine into a whole
(transitive) to produce by synthesis
Derived Forms
synthesization, synthetization, synthesisation, synthetisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for synthesize

1830, from synthesis + -ize. A correct formation would be *synthetize. Related: Synthesized; synthesizing.

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synthesize in Medicine

synthesize syn·the·size (sĭn'thĭ-sīz')
v. syn·the·sized, syn·the·siz·ing, syn·the·siz·es

  1. To combine so as to form a new, complex product.

  2. To form or produce by chemical synthesis.

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synthesize in Science
Plural syntheses (sĭn'thĭ-sēz')
The formation of a chemical compound through the combination of simpler compounds or elements.

synthesize verb
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