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 That belief in betrayal through unauthorized disclosure confirms and normalizes Vice Media doctrine; the film zips past examining whatever personal and political ethics Jones might have had. Armond White, National Review, "The Report’s Enhanced Cynicism Techniques," 20 Nov. 2019 The founder of Megababe and fashion blogger has been vocal about her effort to normalize all body sizes in the fashion industry, but unfortunately, not everyone is receptive to her mission. Christina Oehler,, "Katie Sturino Claps Back at Trolls Who Shamed Both Her and Meghan Markle’s Bodies," 15 Nov. 2019 Do Sunday’s events normalize Trump’s illiberal behavior? Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s World Series Boo-Birds Are a Sign of a Healthy Democracy," 28 Oct. 2019 In doing so, Agrawal and Siddhanti are also normalizing the idea of asking attendees to observe a traditional dress code. Ikya Kandula,, "Riya Collective is like Rent the Runway for Desi brides and their guests," 23 Oct. 2019 Technology, and especially voice technology, has normalized some bizarre behaviors. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "People Are Starting to Realize How Voice Assistants Actually Work," 15 Aug. 2019 As for why, some experts say these depictions can normalize tobacco use -- or even glamorize it. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Netflix to cut back on smoking after 'Stranger Things' criticism," 5 July 2019 The number of women at the debates is significant, and could further normalize the idea of a woman nominee and president. Li Zhou, Vox, "Climate got more time in the Democrats’ first 2020 debate than in all 2016 debates combined," 27 June 2019 And my research investigating the reasons why mothers may or may not want to share leave with their partners also suggests that many employers have failed to embrace and normalize shared parental leave in the workplace. Ernestine Gheyoh Ndzi, Quartz, "Why the UK has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of normalize

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of normalize was in 1847

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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Normalize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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