Definition of harmonize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːmənaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrmənaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they harmonize
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːmənaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrmənaɪz//
    he / she / it harmonizes
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːmənaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrmənaɪzɪz//
    past simple harmonized
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːmənaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrmənaɪzd//
    past participle harmonized
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːmənaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrmənaɪzd//
    -ing form harmonizing
    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːmənaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrmənaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1[intransitive] harmonize (with something) if two or more things harmonize with each other or one thing harmonizes with the other, the things go well together and produce an attractive result The new building does not harmonize with its surroundings. Which Bordeaux vintage will best harmonize with the lamb?
  2. 2[transitive] harmonize something to make systems or rules similar in different countries or organizations the need to harmonize tax levels across the European Union
  3. 3[intransitive] harmonize (with somebody/something) to play or sing music that combines with the main tune to make a pleasing sound Sally sang the melody while I harmonized. The singers harmonize well. to harmonize with the lead singer
  4. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the sense ‘sing or play in harmony’): from French harmoniser, from harmonie from Latin harmonia ‘joining, concord’, from Greek, from harmos ‘joint’.
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