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synthesize

[sin-thuh-sahyz] /ˈsɪn θəˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), synthesized, synthesizing.
1.
to form (a material or abstract entity) by combining parts or elements (opposed to analyze):
to synthesize a statement.
2.
Chemistry. to combine (constituent elements) into a single or unified entity.
3.
to treat synthetically.
verb (used without object), synthesized, synthesizing.
4.
to make or form a synthesis.
Also, synthetize; especially British, synthesise.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; synthes(is) + -ize
Related forms
synthesization, noun
nonsynthesized, adjective
resynthesize, verb (used with object), resynthesized, resynthesizing.
unsynthesized, adjective
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Examples from the web for synthesize
  • The flamingo's bright pink coloration comes from its diet-animals can't synthesize the carotenoids that color these feathers.
  • The fruit is also rich in micronutrients that scientists find impossible to duplicate or synthesize for pharmaceutical use.
  • synthesize information from several different informational texts.
  • Finally, the ones who obsess over their grade are too distracted to allow all their ideas to percolate and synthesize.
  • Poisonous puffers are believed to synthesize their deadly toxin from the bacteria in the animals they eat.
  • Students synthesize their learning to write a story or conduct an interview.
  • Animals are unable to synthesize carotenoids, so access to them is limited by the amount they can harvest from their diet.
  • In nature, many plants have evolved the ability to synthesize chemicals that protect them from damage by certain insect species.
  • Help them synthesize the facts and story content to identify the larger ideas and issues.
  • Our projects tend to look outside the brick-and-mortar context and synthesize techniques and disciplines.
British Dictionary definitions for synthesize

synthesize

/ˈsɪnθɪˌsaɪz/
verb
1.
to combine or cause to combine into a whole
2.
(transitive) to produce by synthesis
Derived Forms
synthesization, synthetization, synthesisation, synthetisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for synthesize
v.

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

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synthesize in Medicine

synthesize syn·the·size (sĭn'thĭ-sīz')
v. syn·the·sized, syn·the·siz·ing, syn·the·siz·es

  1. To combine so as to form a new, complex product.

  2. To form or produce by chemical synthesis.

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synthesize in Science
synthesis
  (sĭn'thĭ-sĭs)   
Plural syntheses (sĭn'thĭ-sēz')
The formation of a chemical compound through the combination of simpler compounds or elements.

synthesize verb
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