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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It is possible to synthesize all your personal and career needs to find out which career will give you the most satisfaction.
▪ The spider can synthesize several different silk proteins.
▪ For we have wants at the margin only so far as they are synthesized.
▪ He synthesized the landscape and the garden plot.
▪ However, he also acknowledges that any actual legal system synthesizes the static and the dynamic principles.
▪ New substances were synthesized which acted rather like the ganglion-blockers and lowered blood pressure, but showed distinct and important differences.
▪ The clock apparently marks time by carrying out a predictable and elaborate process of synthesizing and destroying molecules within living cells.
▪ The facilitator duly notes each comment, then asks your group to process and synthesize what you have heard.
▪ This authenticity seems to incorporate and synthesize suffering, to give a profound and valued richness to a whole life.
▪ This is the problem with synthesized foods, where the components are assembled according to a fashionable recipe.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Synthesize \Syn"the*size\, v. t.

  1. To combine by synthesis; to unite.

  2. To produce by synthesis; as, to synthesize albumin.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"combine or bring together" (two or more things), 1825, from synthesis + -ize. A correct formation would be *synthetize. Related: Synthesized; synthesizing.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To combine two or more things to produce a new, more complex product. 2 (context intransitive of two or more things English) To be combined produce a new, more complex product. 3 (context transitive chemistry English) To produce a substance by chemical synthesis. 4 (context intransitive chemistry of a substance English) To be produced by chemical synthesis.

  1. v. combine so as to form a more complex, product; "his operas synthesize music and drama in perfect harmony" [syn: synthesise] [ant: analyze]

  2. combine and form a synthesis

Usage examples of "synthesize".

Carbohydrates raise the level of the amino acid tryptophan in the bloodstream, which the brain uses to synthesize serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with sleep, analgesia, calm, and even the lifting of depression.

Genetic engineering solved this problem: scientists could synthesize the genes that code for the production of myelin toxin, reproduce them artificially in the lab, and insert them into bacterial cells.

Brother Halga explained that the whole structure had been synthesized from glass and silicates extracted from the brecciated ice and bound together by diamond wire.

Virtually any biochemical process, certainly anything that means that neurons are becoming more active or are synthesizing macromolecules, is going to demand energy.

Outer Kingdom, from a variety of sources, but all of it contributed to the same purpose: It surveyed the microscopic world through X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and direct nanoscale probing, and synthesized all of the resulting information into a single three-dimensional view.

The largest, central monitor could synthesize the monochromatic images, superimposing them as instructed.

Merry stocks her shelves with sprays, toxins, and molecules of fearsome potency, all of them synthesized by evil alchemists and guaranteed to necrose Planet Earth for eternity.

The music was old age, a twenty-first-century blend of synthesized sounds and harsh percussive beats revolving vaguely around a pentatonic scale.

They had his genome in their records, but it would take a few days to synthesize the collection of repair strands and clip them onto plasmids, and clone millions more.

I did mine on the Moog, but Ann and Shef synthesized whole orchestras.

She was known for the sharpness of her tongueand an ingenious ability to synthesize solutions out of unapparent patterns.

There are some elaborate techniques we could use, to try to repair the DNA-but it will probably be easier to synthesize fresh DNA from scratch, and re-introduce it into unmodified bovine pla-cental cell lines.

Beyond the enclosure, in every direction, were all the elements of modern laboratory swamplife electron microscopes, optical rotation instruments, rows of precision devices for measuring, photographing and synthesizing the unseeable, everywhere a sense of insomnious acids.

Synthesizing new skin, kidney tissue, and proteins uses up a lot of biosynthetic energy.

These include the cyanamid process for producing ammonia, the arc process for nitric acid, and the Haber process, in which ammonia is synthesized through direct combination of nitrogen and hydrogen.