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verb (used with object), hy·brid·ized, hy·brid·iz·ing.
  1. to cause to produce hybrids; cross.
  2. to breed or cause the production of (a hybrid).
  3. to form in a hybrid manner.
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verb (used without object), hy·brid·ized, hy·brid·iz·ing.
  1. to produce hybrids.
  2. to cause the production of hybrids by crossing.
  3. to form a double-stranded nucleic acid of two single strands of DNA or RNA, or one of each, by allowing the base pairs of the separate strands to form complementary bonds.
  4. to fuse two cells of different genotypes into a hybrid cell.
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Also especially British, hy·brid·ise.

Origin of hybridize

First recorded in 1835–45; hybrid + -ize
Related formshy·brid·iz·a·ble, adjectivehy·brid·i·za·tion, nounhy·brid·ist, hy·brid·iz·er, nounin·ter·hy·brid·ize, verb (used without object), in·ter·hy·brid·ized, in·ter·hy·brid·iz·ing.
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Historical Examples of hybridise

  • The tie in question was an attempt to hybridise the respective colour-schemes of a tartan plaid and a Neapolitan ice.

    Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 11, 1914


British Dictionary definitions for hybridise



  1. to produce or cause to produce hybrids; crossbreed
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Derived Formshybridizable or hybridisable, adjectivehybridization or hybridisation, nounhybridizer or hybridiser, noun
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