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[ sin-thuh-sahyz ]
/ ˈsɪn θəˌsaɪz /

verb (used with object), syn·the·sized, syn·the·siz·ing.

to form (a material or abstract entity) by combining parts or elements (opposed to analyze): to synthesize a statement.
Chemistry. to combine (constituent elements) into a single or unified entity.
to treat synthetically.

verb (used without object), syn·the·sized, syn·the·siz·ing.

to make or form a synthesis.

Nearby words

synthase, syntheses, synthesis, synthesis gas, synthesise, synthesize, synthesized, synthesizer, synthespian, synthetase, synthetic
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for synthesised

  • Even in this aim they went further than the Impressionists who neither ordered nor synthesised their works formally.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning|Willard Huntington Wright
  • The spirit of Egypt synthesised in this monstrous symbol, obliterated them both.

    Incredible Adventures|Algernon Blackwood
  • Kant here also adds that the manifold, whether given empirically or a priori, must be synthesised before it can be known.

British Dictionary definitions for synthesised


synthetize, synthesise or synthetise

/ (ˈsɪnθɪˌsaɪz) /


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for synthesised


[ sĭnthĭ-sīz′ ]


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