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harmonize

[hahr-muh-nahyz]
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verb (used with object), har·mo·nized, har·mo·niz·ing.
  1. to bring into harmony, accord, or agreement: to harmonize one's views with the new situation.
  2. Music. to accompany with appropriate harmony.
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verb (used without object), har·mo·nized, har·mo·niz·ing.
  1. to be in agreement in action, sense, or feeling: Though of different political parties, all the delegates harmonized on civil rights.
  2. to sing in harmony.
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Also especially British, har·mo·nise.

Origin of harmonize

1475–85; earlier armonise < Middle French harmoniser. See harmony, -ize
Related formshar·mo·niz·a·ble, adjectivehar·mo·ni·za·tion, nounhar·mo·niz·er, nounre·har·mo·nize, verb (used with object), re·har·mo·nized, re·har·mo·niz·ing.un·har·mo·nize, verb (used with object), un·har·mo·nized, un·har·mo·niz·ing.

Synonyms

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1. reconcile, compose. 3. agree, accord.
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Examples from the Web for harmonise

Historical Examples

  • There was little in the city we now lived in to harmonise with "romance."

    Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. II (of II)

    Edmund Downey

  • Religious meditation does not harmonise with epigrammatical satire.

  • "You told me to harmonise that Christmas carol," he remarked, rather shortly.

    Michael

    E. F. Benson

  • They were both very good, but their characters did not harmonise.

    Fantmas

    Pierre Souvestre

  • They harmonise with each other, and give mutual aid to one another.


British Dictionary definitions for harmonise

harmonize

harmonise

verb
  1. to make or become harmonious
  2. (tr) music to provide a harmony for (a melody, tune, etc)
  3. (intr) to sing in harmony, as with other singers
  4. to collate parallel narratives
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Derived Formsharmonizable or harmonisable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for harmonise

harmonize

v.

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.

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