One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object To apply or establish rhythm.
2with object To put into rhythm, apply rhythm to.
Mid 19th century. From rhythm + -ize. Compare ancient Greek ῥυθμίζειν to bring into a measure of time or proportion, to repeat in proper time or rhythm, to arrange, order, compose, post-classical Latin rhythmizare to arrange in order.
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