homogenize homogenize v. t. 1. To blend (a collection of unlike elements) together so as to make the whole uniform in character, composition, or function. [PJC]

2. Specifically: To blend separated liquids together so as to form a uniform emulsion which does not separate out into its original constituents on standing; -- used especially of milk; as, most milk sold in cartons is pasteurized and homogenized. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • homogenize — homogenization, n. homogenizer, n. /heuh moj euh nuyz , hoh /, v., homogenized, homogenizing. v.t. 1. to form by blending unlike elements; make homogeneous. 2. to prepare an emulsion, as by reducing the size of the fat globules in (milk or cream) …   Universalium

  • homogenize — ho|mo|ge|nize also homogenise BrE [həˈmɔdʒənaız US ˈma: ] v [T] to change something so that its parts become similar or the same ▪ plans to homogenize the various school systems …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • homogenize — [[t]həmɒ̱ʤənaɪz[/t]] homogenizes, homogenizing, homogenized VERB (disapproval) If something is homogenized, it is changed so that all its parts are similar or the same, especially in a way that is undesirable. [V n] Even Brussels bureaucrats can… …   English dictionary

  • homogenize — also ise BrE verb (T) to change something so that its parts become similar or the same: plans to homogenize the various school systems …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • homogenize — verb my job is to homogenize all you precious little individuals into one fighting machine Syn: make uniform, make similar, standardize, unite, integrate, fuse, merge, blend, meld, coalesce, amalgamate, combine Ant: diversify …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • homogenize — ho•mog•e•nize [[t]həˈmɒdʒ əˌnaɪz, hoʊ [/t]] v. nized, niz•ing 1) to form by blending unlike elements; make homogeneous 2) coo to emulsify the fat globules in (milk or cream), causing them to be equally distributed throughout 3) cvb to make… …   From formal English to slang

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