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[huh-moj-uh-nahyz, hoh-] /həˈmɒdʒ əˌnaɪz, hoʊ-/
verb (used with object), homogenized, homogenizing.
to form by blending unlike elements; make homogeneous.
to prepare an emulsion, as by reducing the size of the fat globules in (milk or cream) in order to distribute them equally throughout.
to make uniform or similar, as in composition or function:
to homogenize school systems.
Metallurgy. to subject (metal) to high temperature to ensure uniform diffusion of components.
verb (used without object), homogenized, homogenizing.
to become homogenized.
Origin of homogenize
1885-90; homogen(eous) + -ize
Related forms
homogenization, noun
homogenizer, noun
overhomogenize, verb (used with object), overhomogenized, overhomogenizing.
unhomogenized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for homogenize
  • Under communism, the state attempted to homogenize the musical heritage of the satellite nations into manageable uniformity.
  • There is a second crucial advantage in tyrannically led nations: they homogenize their needs and options.
  • Don't let these developers homogenize our landscape any further.
  • Let's not try to homogenize everyone into a single mold.
  • One term for all would be to homogenize a category that is disturbingly broad.
  • Each of these systems, in other words, recognizes distinctions precisely in order to homogenize them.
  • Use the spatula to loosen any sample that has stuck to the mortar and to homogenize the powder.
  • homogenize the sediment sample using a clean polypropylene spoon.
  • homogenize the sample thoroughly and fill the reservoir.
British Dictionary definitions for homogenize


(transitive) to break up the fat globules in (milk or cream) so that they are evenly distributed
to make or become homogeneous
Derived Forms
homogenization, homogenisation, noun
homogenizer, homogeniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for homogenize

"make similar," 1742, from homogenous + -ize. Sense of "render milk uniform in consistency" is from 1901. Related: Homogenized; homogenizing.

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