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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Alexander said the goal is to normalize mental health and treatment. Dallas News, "How this Texas college gives every single student help with trauma, mental health," 6 July 2019 That means performances are normalized across the board, which goes a long way toward eliminating some of the surprising contenders in the AL awards races. Jon Tayler,, "Awards Watch: DJ LeMahieu Is Making a Run at Mike Trout in the AL MVP Race," 1 July 2019 For one, media often normalize encounters with dangerous animals, Clayton says. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Why people risk their lives for the ultimate animal selfie," 12 Mar. 2019 Maybe most insidiously, Echo Dot Kids normalizes corporate surveillance for very young children. Melissa Campbell, Fortune, "Parents, Stay Away From Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids," 15 May 2018 Since introducing the Arab Peace initiative in 2002, Saudi Arabia’s official position has been not to normalize ties with Israel unless there is a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. Summer Said, WSJ, "Covert Saudi Outreach to Israel Sputters After Journalist’s Murder," 18 Dec. 2018 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin visits Oman as part of post-Oslo efforts to begin to normalize ties between Israel and the Arab world. Summer Said, WSJ, "Covert Saudi Outreach to Israel Sputters After Journalist’s Murder," 18 Dec. 2018 Democrats have been remarkably successful at using their media and cultural hegemony to normalize formerly radical views and to marginalize formerly dominant ones. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "What’s the Matter With Westchester?," 18 Sep. 2018 Fifty Shades of Grey world where BDSM has become mainstream and shows like Broad City, Hot Girls Wanted, and Slutever have helped normalize everything from pegging to cannasexuality. Gigi Engle, Glamour, "Yes, Your Fetish Is Totally Normal," 14 Mar. 2019

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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

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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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