nor·​mal·​ize | \ ˈnȯr-mə-ˌlīz How to pronounce normalize (audio) \
normalized; normalizing

Definition of normalize

transitive verb

1 : to make conform to or reduce to a norm or standard
2 : to make normal (as by a transformation of variables)
3 : to bring or restore to a normal condition normalize relations between two countries

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Other Words from normalize

normalizable \ ˈnȯr-​mə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce normalizable (audio) \ adjective
normalization \ ˌnȯr-​mə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce normalization (audio) \ noun

Examples of normalize in a Sentence

The drug normalizes heart function. The talks are aimed at normalizing relations between the countries. It took years for the political situation in the country to normalize.
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Recent Examples on the Web This movement is also helping to normalize what people are looking for in a female leader, Elrod explained. Renee Morad, NBC News, "Ladies who lead: Celebrating the trailblazers of 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 By claiming tattoos for themselves, everyday citizens are helping to normalize this form of creative expression. New York Times, "No Longer Taboo, Tattoos Are Reclaimed by Hondurans to Express Love Not Hate," 22 Sep. 2019 Interestingly, one of the study’s authors pitches his research as the opposite of a Catch-22 for the Left, a situation where both the environmental and the genetic component should somehow help to normalize homosexuality. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Death of the ‘Gay Gene’," 3 Sep. 2019 Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Iran’s information and communications technology minister, told IRNA that officials hope the situation will normalize and allow the Internet to be restored., "Iran downplays, demonizes protests amid Internet shutdown - The Boston Globe," 19 Nov. 2019 Dry January can not only led to individual health benefits but can also lead to cultural shifts by normalizing both sobriety and drinking less. NBC News, "For some, the new Dry January isn't actually dry," 11 Jan. 2020 The president last year withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, an agreement reached by former President Barack Obama to normalize relations and reduce that country’s nuclear threat. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "‘Long-overdue justice’ or ‘reckless action’? Texas politicos split on airstrike that killed Iranian commander," 3 Jan. 2020 But people post the clips elsewhere, and media outlets happily snap them up, helping in the process to normalize a world in which homeowners monitor their property at all times. Wired, "The Ringification of Suburban Life," 26 Sep. 2019 Hanging out with high-school kids seems to work as a contact high for her, normalizing her hidden recklessness. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "Uncertain Attraction in “Work in Progress” and “Dare Me”," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of normalize

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Feb 2020

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“Normalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of normalize

formal : to bring (someone or something) back to a usual or expected state or condition


transitive verb
variants: or British normalise \ ˈnȯr-​mə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce normalise (audio) \
normalized or British normalised; normalizing or British normalising

Medical Definition of normalize

: to make conform to or reduce to a norm or standard normalize blood pressure

Other Words from normalize

normalization or British normalisation \ ˌnȯr-​mə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce normalisation (audio) \ noun

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