Definition of harmonize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhärməˌnīz/


[with object]
1Add notes to (a melody) to produce harmony.
Example sentences
  • At the next lesson Milhaud essentially approved the work after a few comments and suggestions, then requested that Trimble harmonize the melody for the next lesson.
  • Those Antipodeans had the same understanding of rhythmic lyrics, chord progressions and harmonising melodies as Ezio.
  • These melodies were harmonized accordingly and subsequently subjected to extensive thematic development in the paradigm of Western-European nineteenth-century compositional procedures.
1.1 [no object] Sing in harmony: she scats and harmonizes simultaneously
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  • Rather than singing lyrics, they simply harmonize in tones that seem to alternate between accompanying and leading the music.
  • Tom Petty harmonizes to great effect on the latter, and Springsteen unleashes his most jaw-droppingly savage lead guitar on the former.
  • She had just been going to support her sister but Jo immediately sang a lower part, harmonising.
1.2 [no object] Produce a pleasing visual combination: the containers harmonize in color, texture, and shape with the flowers they display
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  • Oriental rugs with their mellowed tones will harmonize with almost any color.
  • A wooden kitchen chair that no longer matches can easily be spray-painted in a color that will harmonize with the new tablecloth and drapes.
  • Make sure they grow shorter than the anchor plant, share its cultural requirements, and harmonize with its colors and textures.
coordinate, go together, match, blend, mix, balance;
be compatible, be harmonious, suit each other
1.3Make consistent: the economic group founded to harmonize national development plans
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  • It will also mount a massive lobbying campaign in Brussels to harmonise European copyright with US law, arguing that in an MP3 world rights protection must be universal.
  • The development plan would harmonise the activities of the ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the agriculture consultative forum and other stakeholders.
  • It is important to address these problems in a coherent and a global way, which requires co-ordination between different government and calls for harmonising and synchronising our approaches.
coordinate, systematize, correlate, integrate, synchronize, make consistent, homogenize, bring in line, bring in tune



Pronunciation: /ˌhärmənəˈzāSH(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ˌhärməˌnīˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • In spite of the recognition of the urgent need for harmonization and standardization, consensus in these areas has developed rather slowly.
  • Given the huge disparities existing across the world it is open to question whether IP harmonization benefits developing countries.
  • So the African Union will aim at the harmonization of admonitory and the fiscal policies of African countries.


Late 15th century (in the sense 'sing or play in harmony'): from French harmoniser, from harmonie (see harmony).

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Syllabification: har·mo·nize

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