Definition of homogenize in US English:

homogenize

(British homogenise)

verb

[with object]
  • 1Subject (milk) to a process in which the fat droplets are emulsified and the cream does not separate.

    ‘the milk is pasteurized and homogenized’
    • ‘Not all whipping cream has been homogenised, but it is always pasteurised.’
    • ‘Our milk is ‘cold separated’ and homogenized, but not UHT pasteurized.’
    • ‘Unlike most milk it is standardised, not homogenised, which means that you still get a proper ‘top of the milk’ like the milkman used to deliver.’
    • ‘This cream has been homogenised and pasteurised by heating then quickly cooled to increase its shelf life.’
    • ‘Add the cream - as it is homogenised, it will not curdle.’
    • ‘Milk may be homogenized to stop the cream from rising to the top.’
    • ‘Excess cream is removed for standardization and the standardized product is homogenized and further heated to 175 degrees, held for 30 seconds, then quickly cooled to 34 degrees.’
    • ‘For instance, homogenized milk is an emulsion made up of butterfat droplets dispersed in water.’
    1. 1.1Biology Prepare a suspension of cell constituents from (tissue) by physical treatment in a liquid.
      • ‘Vesicles were obtained by first homogenizing the tissue then removing the unsolubilized particles in a clinical centrifuge.’
      • ‘Embryogenic tissues were homogenized to a fine powder in liquid nitrogen.’
      • ‘The tissue was homogenized in a mixture of acetone and hexane.’
      • ‘Total RNA preparations were made as described in Ashburner, except that tissues were homogenized directly, without previous grinding in liquid nitrogen.’
      • ‘Small numbers of viable streptococci were found in lymph nodes and spleen when these tissues were homogenized and cultured.’
  • 2Make uniform or similar.

    ‘should the role of the law be to homogenize society?’
    • ‘This is not easy, because as a society we are homogenized, scattered and systematically alienated from the landscapes and communities that nurtured us in our youth.’
    • ‘Advertising is one of the most corrupt, thoughtless, homogenized, creatively bankrupt means of communication and artistic expression.’
    • ‘If diversity is always imagined in the same ways, it becomes, ironically, homogenized, and loses its power to unsettle established ways of thinking.’
    • ‘In this scenario, Aboriginal diversity is erased, with linguistic, cultural, and ceremonial differences homogenized within the one stereotypical image.’
    • ‘It must be as homogenized and all-inclusive so as not to offend the sensibilities of the students or their parents to the point where they don't realize that public education is not freedom at all.’
    • ‘Multiculturalism is a part of oneself, one's own society, no matter how homogenized the society may be.’
    • ‘We also know that as things become more homogenized and more commoditized, it's those little differentials - that little extra service perceived in a brand - that gets somebody to pay a few cents more.’
    • ‘It's an odd thing to say, but Tokyo is the most homogenized society I've ever seen, especially coming from Toronto where everything is so diverse.’
    • ‘The old bands couldn't compete with the new bands - technology let every band sound like they had an orchestra at their command - and yet, all the new music was so homogenized.’
    • ‘Any corporate product is, by its nature, homogenized.’
    • ‘They have been further homogenized, and secularized, in the postwar years of relative affluence by American-style middle-class consumerism.’
    • ‘A truer representation of the independent spirit is just not easy to find in our corporate-run, homogenized, boring little world.’
    • ‘How terribly homogenized, predictable and boring we've all become.’
    • ‘The flip side is that Zambian society has become more homogenized.’
    • ‘Women's experiences tend to be homogenized, and rarely are the voices heard of women from the margins who are multiply oppressed.’
    • ‘Though they maintain a workmanlike attention to detail, entries in the seventh edition feel homogenized, impeccably accurate yet flat and lifeless.’
    • ‘There is no place in America demonstrably more homogenized or more corporatized than Vegas.’
    • ‘American culture (if you want to call it that) is becoming homogenized to the point where it's getting hard to tell one place from another.’
    • ‘Just as America is becoming a monochromatic world of look-alike stores, so too the entire world is getting a bit more homogenized with CNN and the Internet.’
    • ‘It's a sad fact, but the opera world has become so businesslike, singing styles so generic, and the stars so homogenized, that there is virtually nothing left to make fun of.’
    make uniform, make similar, unite, integrate, fuse, merge, blend, meld, coalesce, amalgamate, synthesize, combine, join together
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Pronunciation

homogenize

/həˈmɑdʒəˌnaɪz//həˈmäjəˌnīz/