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verb (used with object), syn·the·sized, syn·the·siz·ing.
  1. to form (a material or abstract entity) by combining parts or elements (opposed to analyze): to synthesize a statement.
  2. Chemistry. to combine (constituent elements) into a single or unified entity.
  3. to treat synthetically.
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verb (used without object), syn·the·sized, syn·the·siz·ing.
  1. to make or form a synthesis.
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Also synthetize; especially British, syn·the·sise.

Origin of synthesize

First recorded in 1820–30; synthes(is) + -ize
Related formssyn·the·si·za·tion, nounnon·syn·the·sized, adjectivere·syn·the·size, verb (used with object), re·syn·the·sized, re·syn·the·siz·ing.un·syn·the·sized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for synthesise

Historical Examples of synthesise

  • No visitor, however, who wants to synthesise Paris should omit this adventure.

    A Wanderer in Paris

    E. V. Lucas

  • To teach the adverb implies a conceptual process, because the child must synthesise certain attributes into his notion adverb.

  • Attempts to synthesise a compound of this formula have been so far without success.

  • Thus a given type of nucleus will continue to synthesise other nuclein of its own kind.

    Darwin and Modern Science

    A.C. Seward and Others

British Dictionary definitions for synthesise


synthetize, synthesise or synthetise

  1. to combine or cause to combine into a whole
  2. (tr) to produce by synthesis
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Derived Formssynthesization, synthetization, synthesisation or synthetisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for synthesise


chiefly British English spelling of synthesize. For suffix, see -ize. Related: Synthesised; synthesising.

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1830, from synthesis + -ize. A correct formation would be *synthetize. Related: Synthesized; synthesizing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

synthesise in Medicine


  1. To combine so as to form a new, complex product.
  2. To form or produce by chemical synthesis.
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