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 normalize (audio) \ adjective
normalization \ ˌnȯr-​mə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce normalize (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 Brett Scheffers, a conservation biologist at the University of Florida, who was not involved with the study, agrees these cafés could normalize exotic animals as pets and help raise demand. Danielle Beurteaux, Scientific American, "Exotic Animal Cafés Featuring Otters, Lizards and Owls Raise Alarms," 30 Dec. 2020 President-elect Joe Biden is expected to support marijuana reform, if not full legalization, to help normalize the industry and fuel its expansion. Robert Channick,, "Illinois weed sales on pace to top $1 billion in year one of recreational sales, with plenty of room to grow," 29 Dec. 2020 President Trump met the prime minister of Israel and the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at the White House, where agreements were signed to normalize relations between Israel and the two Arab nations. The New York Times, New York Times, "A Year Like No Other," 8 Dec. 2020 The country is a key ally to the United States in countering Iran and was one of the first Gulf nations to normalize relations with Israel earlier this year. Paul Best, Fox News, "Airman died in non-combat vehicle incident Friday in the United Arab Emirates," 29 Nov. 2020 Delisting Sudan from the state sponsors blacklist is a key incentive for the Sudanese government to normalize relations with Israel. Samy Magdy, The Christian Science Monitor, "Path opens for Sudan to be cleared from US terrorism list," 20 Oct. 2020 There is hope among U.S. officials that the Israel-UAE deal might spur other Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Disgraced forever': Iran's Ali Khamenei blasts Israel-UAE deal as 'treason' in first reaction to pact," 1 Sep. 2020 But questions remain as to whether systems will change enough to normalize mental health care following a year of collective trauma. NBC News, "Covid live updates: Latest on rising cases and the Covid-19 stimulus package," 21 Dec. 2020 Some employers have already signaled their willingness to normalize vaccination among employees. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The case for mandating a Covid-19 vaccine at work—and the case for merely encouraging it," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of normalize

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jan 2021

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“Normalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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 normalize (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 normalize (audio) \ noun

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