Meaning of SYNTHESIS in English


syn ‧ the ‧ sis /ˈsɪnθəsəs, ˈsɪnθɪsəs/ BrE AmE noun ( plural syntheses /-siːz/)

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Greek ; Origin: syntithenai 'to put together' , from syn- ( ⇨ ↑ syn- ) + tithenai 'to put' ]

1 . [uncountable and countable] something that has been made by combining different things, or the process of combining things SYN combination

synthesis of

a synthesis of Eastern and Western philosophical ideas

2 . [uncountable] the act of making a chemical or biological substance

synthesis of

the synthesis of proteins

3 . [uncountable] the production of sounds, speech, or music electronically:

speech synthesis software

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▪ mixture several different substances, ideas, qualities etc that have been put together, especially so that they form one thing:

Pour the mixture into the cake pan and bake for 50 minutes.


He looked at her with a mixture of admiration and curiosity.

▪ combination two or more different things, substances etc that are used together or work together:

Doctors use a combination of drugs to combat the disease.


The business failed due to a combination of bad management and a lack of experience.

▪ blend a mixture of two or more things, qualities, or characteristics, especially ones that combine successfully or in a pleasant way:

The England team is a good side, with a nice blend of experience and youthful energy.


The sauce uses a blend of different ingredients.

▪ a cross between something and something a mixture of very different things – used when you are describing what something looks or sounds like:

The building looked like a cross between a museum and a spaceship.


Her music sounds like a cross between the Rolling Stones and Amy Winehouse.

▪ hybrid /ˈhaɪbrəd, ˈhaɪbrɪd/ something that is produced by combining two or more things, especially using advanced scientific methods:

Scientists are combining human and animal embryos to create genetic hybrids.


These industries use a hybrid of different technologies.


The plant is a hybrid of wheat and rye.

▪ amalgam /əˈmælɡəm/ formal a mixture of different things, in which you can still recognize the original features:

The record is an amalgam of hard rock, jazz, and blues.

▪ synthesis formal something that has been made by combining different things, especially information or ideas:

The essay should be a synthesis of the information from various sources.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.