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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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Related Words for hybridize

incorporate, mingle, associate, blend, fuse, infuse, stir, weave, amalgamate, synthesize, jumble, braid, transfuse, instill, intermingle, tangle, suffuse, knead, cross, unite

Examples from the Web for hybridize

Historical Examples of hybridize

  • How far watermelons and muskmelons, or squashes with melons, will hybridize, is uncertain.

    Soil Culture

    J. H. Walden

  • Now hybridize these and I think, if you work at it long enough, you will get a tree that will have all those good qualities.

  • Still other species of ferns are known to hybridize more or less, as we saw in the case of Scott's spleenwort.

    The Fern Lover's Companion

    George Henry Tilton

  • Mr. Mijurin states that while neither of the two parents will hybridize with the common peach, this hybrid does.

  • The Carnivora generally are very easy to hybridize, and many successful experiments have been made with animals in captivity.

British Dictionary definitions for hybridize



  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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