normalize

verb
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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Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin visits Oman as part of post-Oslo efforts to begin to normalize ties between Israel and the Arab world. Summer Said, WSJ, "Covert Saudi Outreach to Israel Sputters After Journalist’s Murder," 18 Dec. 2018 Democrats have been remarkably successful at using their media and cultural hegemony to normalize formerly radical views and to marginalize formerly dominant ones. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "What’s the Matter With Westchester?," 18 Sep. 2018 Fifty Shades of Grey world where BDSM has become mainstream and shows like Broad City, Hot Girls Wanted, and Slutever have helped normalize everything from pegging to cannasexuality. Gigi Engle, Glamour, "Yes, Your Fetish Is Totally Normal," 14 Mar. 2019 Conversations that normalize mental health issues and help do away with the stigmas attached to them are always important—not fodder for jokes. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Sophie Turner Totally Shut Down Piers Morgan Over His Tweets About Mental Health," 9 Jan. 2019 Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo's Hashim Thaci are expected to meet Friday in Brussels as part of efforts to normalize relations in the region still riven by tensions from the 1998-99 war. Sylejman Kllokoqi, Fox News, "Serbia-Kosovo 'land swap' on the agenda in Brussels," 7 Sep. 2018 Implementing term limits for the Supreme Court would be a step toward repairing and normalizing a process that raises the stakes of vacancies beyond what our politics, or the human beings who serve on the Court, can comfortably bear. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the case for 18-year Supreme Court terms," 26 Dec. 2018 The eight countries — Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and United Kingdom — also called for an agreement normalizing relations between Serbia and Kosovo. Edith M. Lederer, The Seattle Times, "Serbia and Kosovo trade accusations over Kosovo’s new army," 17 Dec. 2018 Being overwhelmed with life can lead to mood disruption and increased anxiety levels, so keep yourself balanced by normalizing your schedule in any way possible. Abby Langer, SELF, "How to Deal With the Holidays When You’re Anxious About Food," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of normalize

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for normalize

normalize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of normalize

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

normalize

transitive verb
nor·​mal·​ize
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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