- to produce carbohydrates by photosynthesis: Plants with light green leaves don't photosynthesize as well as those with darker leaves.
- to produce by photosynthesis: Plants photosynthesize sugars from carbon dioxide and water.
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- (of plants and some bacteria) to carry out photosynthesis
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- To synthesize by the process of photosynthesis.
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