synthetic Definition

  • 1made by chemical synthesis, especially to imitate a natural product
  • 2not genuine or natural; artificial

Using synthetic: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "synthetic" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The jacket is made of synthetic materials.

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    Synthetic diamonds are often used in industrial applications.

  • Example

    The company produces synthetic versions of rare spices.

synthetic Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with synthetic

  • the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems that do not exist in the natural world


    Synthetic biology has the potential to revolutionize medicine and biotechnology.

  • a method of polynomial long division that uses only addition, subtraction, and multiplication


    Synthetic division is a useful tool for finding roots of polynomial equations.

  • a language in which words are composed of smaller units that have grammatical meaning


    Latin and Russian are examples of synthetic languages.

Origins of synthetic

from Greek 'sunthetikos', meaning 'put together'


Summary: synthetic in Brief

The term 'synthetic' [sɪnˈθɛtɪk] refers to something made by chemical synthesis or not genuine or natural. It can describe materials, such as 'The jacket is made of synthetic materials,' or products, like 'The company produces synthetic versions of rare spices.' 'Synthetic' extends into phrases like 'synthetic biology,' referring to the design of new biological systems, and 'synthetic language,' describing languages with grammatical meaning in smaller units. Synonyms include 'artificial' and 'man-made,' while antonyms include 'natural' and 'genuine.'

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