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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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 The North and the United States agreed to take steps to normalize relations, and for the U.S. to provide energy assistance and begin the process of removing the North from its terror list. Oren Dorell, USA TODAY, "North Korea's threat to cancel Trump-Kim summit is just the latest of broken promises," 16 May 2018 Two-year yields have climbed as policy makers have raised rates to normalize monetary policy following extraordinary stimulus undertaken in the wake of the financial crisis. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Behind the Flattening Yield Curve: Fed Rate Increases and Tariff Fights," 5 July 2018 Another way to chip away at the bias is for high-profile women to embrace and normalize pregnancy—having a child, taking leave, and returning to work on the public stage. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Kirstjen Nielsen and Ivanka Trump on Border Separations, Katrina Lake's Pregnancy: Broadsheet June 19," 19 June 2018 Dehumanizing propaganda helps to normalize extreme perspectives on how to address social problems. Aliza Luft, Washington Post, "How dangerous is it when Trump calls some immigrants ‘animals’?," 25 May 2018 On May 14, the Supreme Court struck down the relic of the pre-Internet days, before fantasy sports helped normalize the act of wagering on athletic outcomes for millions of Americans. Sean Gregory, Time, "The Risks and Rewards of the Supreme Court’s Sports Gambling Decision," 17 May 2018 Judge Aquilina also helped to normalize survivors’ responses to their experiences. Erin Reimel, Glamour, "Why Judge Aquilina's Handling of the Larry Nassar Sentencing Is So Important for Abuse Survivors," 28 Jan. 2018 Opponents say the show normalizes a culture of recreational firearms and promotes them in a country that has more guns than residents. Phil Diehl,, "Protesters to return with weekend gun show," 13 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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