harmonize

When you harmonize different opinions or ideas, you bring them to some kind of agreement. It's challenging to harmonize the different interests of a whole classroom full of children, but that's part of what a good teacher does.

When senators from different parties work together on a bill, they need to harmonize their different expectations and and priorities before they can come up with a good compromise. Another way to harmonize is to blend two singing voices or two instruments in a way that sounds pleasing. This is the oldest meaning of the word, which ultimately comes from the Greek harmonia, "concord of sounds" or "agreement."

Definitions of harmonize
  1. verb
    bring into consonance or accord
    harmonize one's goals with one's abilities”
    synonyms: harmonise, reconcile
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    types:
    key
    harmonize with or adjust to
    type of:
    adjust, correct, set
    alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
  2. verb
    bring (several things) into consonance or relate harmoniously
    harmonize the different interests”
    synonyms: harmonise
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    accommodate, conciliate, reconcile
    make (one thing) compatible with (another)
    proportion
    give pleasant proportions to
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    relate
    have or establish a relationship to
  3. verb
    bring into consonance, harmony, or accord while making music or singing
    synonyms: chord, harmonise
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    key
    regulate the musical pitch of
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  4. verb
    go together
    “The colors don't harmonize
    synonyms: accord, agree, comport, concord, consort, fit in, harmonise
    agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    be compatible, similar, or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
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    blend, blend in, go
    blend or harmonize
    type of:
    agree, check, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    be compatible, similar, or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  5. verb
    write a harmony for
    synonyms: harmonise
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    reharmonise, reharmonize
    provide with a different harmony
    realise, realize
    expand or complete (a part in a piece of baroque music) by supplying the harmonies indicated in the figured bass
    type of:
    compose, write
    write music
  6. verb
    sing or play in harmony
    synonyms: harmonise
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    type of:
    sing
    produce tones with the voice
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