When you synthesize, you combine two or more things to create something more complex. It's becoming more common for doctors these days to synthesize Eastern and Western approaches to medicine.

While synthesize was first used in 1830, scientists and inventors were doing what it means long before that, mixing stuff together to create new materials and products. Medical researchers chemically synthesize chemicals every day in the lab, hoping to create the next wonder drug. When you write a research paper on a given topic, you must find and synthesize information related to that topic, so you can understand what it means and structure an argument in support of your thesis.

Definitions of synthesize

v combine and form a synthesis

“Vitamin D only synthesizes when sunlight is available”
Type of:
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v combine so as to form a more complex product

“his operas synthesize music and drama in perfect harmony”
“The liver synthesizes vitamins”
analyse, analyze, break down, dissect, take apart
make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features
Type of:
combine, compound
put or add together

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