harmonize

[hahr-muh-nahyz]
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.

Synonyms for harmonize

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Historical Examples of harmonizer

  • Lincoln's whole nature inclined him to be a harmonizer of conflicting parties, rather than a committed combatant on either side.

    Men of Our Times

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • Theosophy, as a harmonizer of faiths, is not likely to accomplish much that will be permanently good.

  • It is now extolled by its members as "the cement of faiths," "the harmonizer of religions."


British Dictionary definitions for harmonizer

harmonizer

harmoniser

noun music
  1. a person skilled in the theory of composition of harmony
  2. a device that electronically duplicates a signal at a different pitch or different pitches

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
Derived Formsharmonizable or harmonisable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for harmonizer

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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