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[hahy-bri-dahyz] /ˈhaɪ brɪˌdaɪz/
verb (used with object), hybridized, hybridizing.
to cause to produce hybrids; cross.
to breed or cause the production of (a hybrid).
to form in a hybrid manner.
verb (used without object), hybridized, hybridizing.
to produce hybrids.
to cause the production of hybrids by crossing.
to form a double-stranded nucleic acid of two single strands of DNA or RNA, or one of each, by allowing the base pairs of the separate strands to form complementary bonds.
to fuse two cells of different genotypes into a hybrid cell.
Origin of hybridize
1835-45; hybrid + -ize
Related forms
hybridizable, adjective
hybridization, noun
hybridist, hybridizer, noun
interhybridize, verb (used without object), interhybridized, interhybridizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hybridize
  • Canola pollen can waft spliced genes more than a mile, and common crops can hybridize with completely unrelated weeds.
  • It may dilute the unique genetics of the native golden shiner, since it can hybridize with that species.
  • It has been known to hybridize with species found in its native waters.
  • Plants will also be used to hybridize new forms for evaluation.
  • Pike can hybridize with chain pickerel, and the resulting hybrid may possess markings common to either or both species.
British Dictionary definitions for hybridize


to produce or cause to produce hybrids; crossbreed
Derived Forms
hybridizable, hybridisable, adjective
hybridization, hybridisation, noun
hybridizer, hybridiser, noun
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