harmonize


harmonize
harmonize 1 accord, *agree, correspond, square, conform, tally, jibe
Analogous words: reconcile, adjust, *adapt, accommodate: *match, equal, approach, touch, rival
Antonyms: clash: conflict
2 Harmonize, tune, attune mean to bring things into accord with each other.
Harmonize stresses as its end the combination of two or more things so that they go together without loss of individual identities yet constitute a frictionless or pleasing whole
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harmonize the conflicting colors in a room by an emphasis on blue

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their religion is a mixture of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew elements which refuse to be harmonizedInge

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harmonize its practices . . . with its professed ideals— Deany

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Tune implies the adjustment of one thing to another or of several things to each other so that they will conform to each other or work in harmony with each other; thus, to tune a piano is to adjust its strings so that the tones produced will conform to a standard pitch or to a predetermined temperament; to tune up the instruments of an orchestra is to adjust the instruments so that they will produce harmonious tones; to tune up an engine is to make all the finer adjustments of its parts necessary to smooth operation. In literary use tune still implies adjustment (as of expression to a mood or of mood to a situation or need)
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for now to sorrow must I tune my song— Milton

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a mind well strung and tuned to contemplation— Cowper

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she was not tuned to a mood of self- reproach— Wouk

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Attune stresses the attainment of aesthetic harmony more than harmonize does, and it seldom suggests the idea of mechanical operation or effect often so strong in tune
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riding, walking, gardening, driving about the level Essex lands, she, attuned to the soil on which she lived, was happy and serene— Rose Macaulay

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how by mastering rhythm, our prose . . . attuned itself to rival its twin instrument, verse— Quiller-Couch

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Analogous words: adjust, reconcile (see ADAPT)

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  • Harmonize — Har mo*nize (h[aum]r m[ o]*n[imac]z), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Harmonized} ( n[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Harmonizing} ( n[imac] z[i^]ng).] [Cf. F. harmoniser. ] 1. To agree in action, adaptation, or effect on the mind; to agree in sense or purport;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harmonize — har‧mo‧nize [ˈhɑːmənaɪz ǁ ˈhɑːr ] also harmonise verb [transitive] to make two or more systems, sets of rules etc more similar so that they work better together: • a European Commission directive to harmonise rules on copyright in different EU… …   Financial and business terms

  • Harmonize — Har mo*nize, v. t. 1. To adjust in fit proportions; to cause to agree; to show the agreement of; to reconcile the apparent contradiction of. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) To accompany with harmony; to provide with parts, as an air, or melody. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • harmonize — index accommodate, arbitrate (conciliate), attune, cohere (be logically consistent), coincide (concur), combine ( …   Law dictionary

  • harmonize — late 15c., play or sing in harmony, from Fr. harmoniser (15c.), from O.Fr. harmonie (see HARMONY (Cf. harmony)). Meaning be in harmony is from 1620s; that of bring into agreement is from 1727. Related: Harmonized; harmonizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • harmonize — (Amer.) har·mo·nize || hÉ‘rmÉ™naɪz / hɑːm v. agree; reconcile; go together, match; (Music) compose a harmony; play in harmony; sing in harmony; (Music) add harmony to a melody (also harmonise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • harmonize — [v] correspond, match accord, adapt, adjust, agree, arrange, attune, be in unison, be of one mind*, blend, carol, chime with, cohere, combine, compose, cooperate, coordinate, correlate, fit in with*, integrate, orchestrate, proportion, reconcile …   New thesaurus

  • harmonize — (also harmonise) ► VERB 1) Music add notes to (a melody) to produce harmony. 2) make or be harmonious. DERIVATIVES harmonization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • harmonize — [här′mə nīz΄] vi. harmonized, harmonizing [Fr harmonizer: see HARMONY & IZE] 1. to be in harmony; accord; agree 2. to sing in harmony vt. 1. to make harmonious; bring into agreement 2 …   English World dictionary

  • harmonize — [[t]hɑ͟ː(r)mənaɪz[/t]] harmonizes, harmonizing, harmonized (in BRIT, also use harmonise) 1) V RECIP If two or more things harmonize with each other, they fit in well with each other. [V with n] ...slabs of pink and beige stone that harmonize with …   English dictionary


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