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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These unhinged leftists are normalizing outrageous behavior which is only getting worse. Fox News, "Judge Jeanine: Political debate has become political abuse," 24 June 2018 Despite their best efforts, Will and Tom are discovered by chance, which puts them in the hands of well-meaning social services personnel whose attempts to normalize the situation fill these two, and us, with dread. Kenneth Turan,, "'Leave No Trace' is a reminder that the movie world is better with Debra Granik in it," 28 June 2018 The mother of three often posts photos of herself in states of undress on Instagram in her quest to normalize breastfeeding and increase body positivity. Alexia Fernandez,, "Jenna Jameson Shares Nude Throwback Pregnancy Photo in Honor of Her Daughter's Birthday," 6 Apr. 2018 If the blockade keeps up, the U.S. risks normalizing a fracture between two key American partners. Daniel Benaim, The New Republic, "The Passive Foreign Policy President," 21 Mar. 2018 South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, Tanzania’s John Magufuli and Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo have also encouraged the prosecution of corrupt officials and criticized citizens for normalizing a culture of bribery., "Bribes Lose Their Fizz as Angolan Leader Fights Corruption," 17 Apr. 2018 Putin's tyranny is tedious, but others should not normalize it or accept it., "The banality of Putin's Potemkin elections," 13 Mar. 2018 That should continue to push bond yields higher and encourage central bankers to move toward normalizing still extremely accommodative monetary policy. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "How Will a Government Shutdown Impact the U.S. Economy? Here's What the Analysts Say," 19 Jan. 2018 But the rhetoric of stability has normalized the far right — and has created a situation of persistent poverty, corruption and massive emigration of young people. Julia Rone, Washington Post, "Bulgaria’s turn to lead the Council of the European Union just ended. How did things go?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of normalize

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of normalize

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


transitive verb
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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