[ sin-thuh-sahyz ]
See synonyms for: synthesizesynthesizedsynthesizing on

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.

  1. to treat synthetically.

verb (used without object),syn·the·sized, syn·the·siz·ing.
  1. to make or form a synthesis.

Origin of synthesize

First recorded in 1820–30; synthes(is) + -ize
  • Also synthetize; especially British, syn·the·sise .

Other words from synthesize

  • syn·the·si·za·tion, noun
  • non·syn·the·sized, adjective
  • re·syn·the·size, verb (used with object), re·syn·the·sized, re·syn·the·siz·ing.
  • un·syn·the·sized, adjective

Words Nearby synthesize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use synthesize in a sentence

  • My talent is being able to synthesize this information to become understandable to myself and then therefore to the layperson.

  • Wade, as chief chemist, you are to synthesize a little coffee and heat-treat a few eggs for us.

    Islands of Space | John W Campbell
  • Diverse facts would synthesize, and when the letter came from Havana, perhaps the whole thing would start to form one pattern.

    The Five Arrows | Allan Chase
  • There were ways to synthesize Earth-normal food, but they were still hopelessly inefficient.

    Badge of Infamy | Lester del Rey
  • All we've been able to find is some strange isotope but we don't know how to reproduce it or synthesize it.

    Make Mine Homogenized | Rick Raphael
  • The plants here synthesize cyanophyll instead of chlorophyll; that's why the leaves are blue instead of green.

    The Venus Trap | Evelyn E. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for synthesize


synthetize, synthesise or synthetise

/ (ˈsɪnθɪˌsaɪz) /

  1. to combine or cause to combine into a whole

  2. (tr) to produce by synthesis

Derived forms of synthesize

  • synthesization, synthetization, synthesisation or synthetisation, noun

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