normalize

verb
nor·​mal·​ize | \ ˈnȯr-mə-ˌlīz \
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 \ adjective
normalization \ ˌnȯr-​mə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ 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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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 His mother Andrea moved to Phoenix when Deandre was 16, extricating her son from San Diego, and things began to normalize. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "There's Never a Bad Time With Deandre Ayton," 12 June 2018 After Mao’s death in 1976, Deng Xiaoping not only unexpectedly returned from political exile to lead China but soon went to Washington to normalize relations. Orville Schell And Larry Diamond, WSJ, "China Gets Its Message to Americans but Doesn’t Want to Reciprocate," 21 Dec. 2018 Japan has long sought to normalize diplomatic relations with North Korea, which have been strained since the abduction of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Trump, Japan's Abe to hold summit in New York City next week," 21 Sep. 2018 These trail blazers are slowly normalizing what never should have been made aberrant. Jill Gleeson, Good Housekeeping, "Menopause Doesn't Make Me Invisible," 5 Oct. 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 \
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 \ noun

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