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[hahr-muh-nahyz] /ˈhɑr məˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), harmonized, harmonizing.
to bring into harmony, accord, or agreement:
to harmonize one's views with the new situation.
Music. to accompany with appropriate harmony.
verb (used without object), harmonized, harmonizing.
to be in agreement in action, sense, or feeling:
Though of different political parties, all the delegates harmonized on civil rights.
to sing in harmony.
Also, especially British, harmonise.
Origin of harmonize
1475-85; earlier armonise < Middle French harmoniser. See harmony, -ize
Related forms
harmonizable, adjective
harmonization, noun
harmonizer, noun
reharmonize, verb (used with object), reharmonized, reharmonizing.
unharmonize, verb (used with object), unharmonized, unharmonizing.
1. reconcile, compose. 3. agree, accord. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for harmonize
  • Make sure they grow shorter than the anchor plant, share its cultural requirements, and harmonize with its colors and textures.
  • The wall colors are designed to harmonize with one another.
  • Watching those close to your heart perform in stressful situations can harmonize both of your heart rates, a new study says.
  • Some songbird couples harmonize to warn rival couples away from their territories.
  • If you harmonize in the chat then maybe meeting is a good idea.
  • Of course even centralization doesn't harmonize the dialect if the culture is strong enough.
  • National and regional regulators around the world do the same, and some harmonize such efforts to avoid cross-border conflicts.
  • When you spend your money, you take your money from the throats of your children to harmonize with the law.
  • Throw a frame around almost anything, and the elements within try to harmonize.
  • How well they harmonize with the up-swelling rocks beneath them.
British Dictionary definitions for harmonize


to make or become harmonious
(transitive) (music) to provide a harmony for (a melody, tune, etc)
(intransitive) to sing in harmony, as with other singers
to collate parallel narratives
Derived Forms
harmonizable, harmonisable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for harmonize

late 15c., "play or sing in harmony," from French harmoniser (15c.), from Old French harmonie (see harmony). Meaning "be in harmony" is from 1620s; that of "bring into agreement" is from 1727. Related: Harmonized; harmonizing.

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