nor·​mal·​i·​za·​tion ˌnȯr-mə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce normalization (audio)
plural normalizations
: the act or process of normalizing
normalization of pH levels
… the normalization of sharing [personal gender] pronouns emphasizes the fact that everyone has preferred pronouns, not just trans and non-binary folks.Christina M. Xiao
Eventually, with wisdom and restraint on both sides, a stable arrangement was contrived that made possible the progressive normalization of British-Irish relations.Zbigniew Brzezinski
… it's great to rack up these normalizations [of relations]. Obviously, peace is better than war …Christiane Amanpour

Examples of normalization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such was the thinking behind the Israeli-Saudi normalization agreement that was on the cusp of success just before October 7. Hussein Ibish, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2024 The attack was swiftly condemned by Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, which signed a normalization agreement with Israel in 2020. Mohamad El Chamaa, Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2024 The luxury industry has also entered a period of normalization now, the analysts highlighted, which means the first half of the year will seem dull, especially when compared to the same period a year ago. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 20 Mar. 2024 Israel would win recognition and normalization from Saudi Arabia, the most influential country in the Arab and Islamic world. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Mar. 2024 Their work underscores a collective journey toward normalization and legalization, marking a pivotal chapter in Latin America's evolving relationship with cannabis. Javier Hasse, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 For example, Gaza’s reconstruction and Saudi normalization with Israel will not be achievable without a political reunification of Gaza and the West Bank. Dennis Ross, Foreign Affairs, 13 Mar. 2024 Of the 96 adults given a lactase supplement, 22% showed complete normalization using the lactose breath test, while 18% were fully non-responsive.5 The lactose breath test, or hydrogen breath test, measures the presence of hydrogen in breath samples. Brittany Lubeck, Ms, Rdn, Verywell Health, 7 Mar. 2024 For the past few months, his State Department has projected a postwar vision that includes Saudi Arabia’s normalization of relations with Israel, in return for a process leading to a demilitarized Palestinian state. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, 2 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of normalization was in 1842

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“Normalization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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