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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.

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Related Words

unify, reconcile, cooperate, integrate, adjust, coordinate, accord, compose, correlate, carol, relate, attune, proportion, unite, synthesize, set, combine, adapt, suit, sing

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  • It will harmonize and felicitate to whatever extent it is diffused.

  • If we attempted to harmonize or to combine them, we should make out of them, not a system, but the caricature of a system.

    Meno

    Plato

  • It is difficult to harmonize all these conflicting elements.

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

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • Nor could Maimon harmonize these new doctrines with his Maimonides or his Aristotle.


British Dictionary definitions for harmonize

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 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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