Definition of harmonize in English:

harmonize

Line breaks: har¦mon|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈhɑːmənʌɪz
 
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(also harmonise)

verb

[with object]
  • 1Add notes to (a melody) to produce harmony: we harmonize a scale using only the notes from that particular key
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    • 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 or play in harmony.
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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.
  • 2 [no object] Produce a pleasing visual combination: steeply pitched roofs which harmonize with the form of the main roof
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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.
    Synonyms
    coordinate, go together, match, fit together, blend, mix, balance, tone in; be compatible, be harmonious, be congruous, be consonant, be well coordinated, suit each other, set each other off
  • 3Make consistent or compatible: plans to harmonize the railways of Europe the need to harmonize British practice with the new European standards
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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.
    Synonyms
    coordinate, systematize, correlate, match, integrate, synchronize, homogenize, bring together, make consistent, bring in line (with), bring in tune (with), tie in
    rare concert

Derivatives

harmonization

Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
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  • 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.

harmonizer

noun
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  • Also look out for Ireland's finest west coast harmonisers, The Thrills and gritty US punk duo, The Kills on the evening session stage.
  • And though Maurice Gibb was the harmonizer and back-up singer, he was the Bee Gees to me.
  • There's been a dearth of four-part harmonisers in pop in recent decades, unless you include The Housemartins - to whom, come to think of it, fellow North Easterners The Furtureheads also bear some visual resemblance.

Origin

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

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