[ hahr-muh-nahyz ]
/ ˈhɑr məˌnaɪz /

verb (used with object), har·mo·nized, har·mo·niz·ing.

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), har·mo·nized, har·mo·niz·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. harmoniously,
  2. harmonist,
  3. harmonistic,
  4. harmonium,
  5. harmonization,
  6. harmonizer,
  7. harmony,
  8. harmost,
  9. harmotome,
  10. harmsworth

Also especially British, har·mo·nise.

Origin of harmonize

1475–85; earlier armonise < Middle French harmoniser. See harmony, -ize

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for harmonization



/ (ˌhɑːmənaɪˈzeɪʃən) /


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



/ (ˈhɑːməˌnaɪz) /


to make or become harmonious
(tr) music to provide a harmony for (a melody, tune, etc)
(intr) to sing in harmony, as with other singers
to collate parallel narratives
Derived Formsharmonizable or harmonisable, adjective

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Word Origin and History for harmonization
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