Definition of homologize in English:


transitive verb

(also British homologise)
[with object] formal
  • Make or show to have the same relation, relative position, or structure.

    ‘the shifting points of view that homologize disparate experiences as versions of the same event’
    • ‘Unable to homologize the head structures he found with those of other fishes, he gave each its own new name - in Greek.’
    • ‘Within our current understanding of sponge structure, few authors would homologize the choanocyte epithelium of sponges with the lining of the gut in other animals.’
    • ‘Still others have homologized the flight stroke with a predatory strike used for prey capture or an aquatic swimming motion.’
    • ‘Studies of birds and bats have homologized the two major phases of the wingbeat and stride cycles.’
    • ‘This, in turn was surrounded by several whorls of bracts that many homologize with petals and sepals in flowering plants.’



/hōˈmäləjīz/ /hoʊˈmɑlədʒaɪz/ /həˈmäləˌjīz/ /həˈmɑləˌdʒaɪz/