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.

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 synthesize

Contemporary Examples of synthesize

Historical Examples of synthesize

  • And remember: no chemist alive can synthesize opium or its derivatives.


    Arthur Porges

  • And there are attempts, worthy attempts, to coordinate and synthesize the sciences.

    A Far Country, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • And we can synthesize data for a new job, if it's not too different.

  • Power and oxygen, we have, and we can grow or synthesize our food.

    Accidental Flight

    Floyd L. Wallace

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for synthesize


synthetize, synthesise or synthetise


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 synthesize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

synthesize in Medicine




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



Plural syntheses (sĭnthĭ-sēz′)

The formation of a chemical compound through the combination of simpler compounds or elements.
Related formssynthesize verb
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