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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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  • The rest of the face is whitened with rice powder, which does not harmonize with the yellow skin of the neck.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • It is difficult to harmonize all these conflicting elements.

    Charmides Plato
  • When Fichte says, "The ego is all," this seems to harmonize perfectly with my theses.

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • There was little in the city we now lived in to harmonize with "romance."

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • In our social life the Gallic spirit remains to soften and harmonize.

  • Nor could Maimon harmonize these new doctrines with his Maimonides or his Aristotle.

  • How did Italian finesse and cunning blend and harmonize with the quick penetration and delicate tact of the Frenchwoman?

    Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2) Sutherland Menzies
  • The octagonal story does not harmonize with the lower portion.

    Ely Cathedral Anonymous
  • Mutual slaughter does not seem to harmonize with the idea of persecution, by which the saints only "are killed all the day long."

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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