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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.
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.
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.

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Historical Examples of harmonization

  • 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.

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

British Dictionary definitions for harmonization



  1. the act of harmonizing
  2. 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



  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
Derived Formsharmonizable or 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.

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