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[ huh-moj-uh-nahyz, hoh- ]
/ həˈmɒdʒ əˌnaɪz, hoʊ- /

verb (used with object), ho·mog·e·nized, ho·mog·e·niz·ing.

to form by blending unlike elements; make homogeneous.
to prepare an emulsion, as by reducing the size of the fat globules in (milk or cream) in order to distribute them equally throughout.
to make uniform or similar, as in composition or function: to homogenize school systems.
Metallurgy. to subject (metal) to high temperature to ensure uniform diffusion of components.

verb (used without object), ho·mog·e·nized, ho·mog·e·niz·ing.

to become homogenized.

Nearby words

homogenesis, homogenetic, homogenic, homogenise, homogenization, homogenize, homogenized, homogenote, homogenous, homogentisic acid, homogentisuria
Also especially British, ho·mog·e·nise.

Origin of homogenize

First recorded in 1885–90; homogen(eous) + -ize
Related formsho·mog·e·ni·za·tion, nounho·mog·e·niz·er, nouno·ver·ho·mog·e·nize, verb (used with object), o·ver·ho·mog·e·nized, o·ver·ho·mog·e·niz·ing.un·ho·mog·e·nized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for homogenization



/ (hɒˈmɒdʒɪˌnaɪz) /


(tr) to break up the fat globules in (milk or cream) so that they are evenly distributed
to make or become homogeneous
Derived Formshomogenization or homogenisation, nounhomogenizer or homogeniser, noun
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