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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The storm originally threatened to exacerbate the nation's problems, but conditions appeared to normalize Saturday afternoon. Fox News, "Humberto dumps more rain on Dorian-battered Bahamas," 15 Sep. 2019 Regardless of how the election next year turns out, though, there are other steps the Trump administration can take to further normalize its relationship with Taiwan and reset its relationship with China. Therese Shaheen, National Review, "The Need to Clarify and Strengthen Our Relationship with Taiwan," 11 Sep. 2019 Still, the lack of a coordinated response and a plan for action only seems to normalize this kind of behavior. NBC News, "The next debate will go to ten: What we learned from this week's polls," 28 Aug. 2019 And after coming off use of blood thinners, one needs time to normalize before returning to risky behavior. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Patriots’ David Andrews seems likely to miss season after blood clot scare," 27 Aug. 2019 Having a means to normalize experiences can be especially important for folks whose sexuality does not match heteronormative definitions often taught in school. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Introducing Ferly, a Tech Startup Creating a Sex-Positive Space for Women — and It’s Not a Dating App," 14 May 2019 Collection 2 is a celebration of Black Love and the campaign’s visuals are set out to normalize Black American Life. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Pyer Moss’ Latest Reebok Campaign Tells a Black American Love Story," 5 Apr. 2019 Philadelphia’s Health Department, to its credit, has taken real strides to normalize harm-reduction measures like needle exchanges and distributing naloxone — and is now rightfully working to open a safe injection site. Mike Newall,, "It's ludicrous that Camden doesn't have a needle exchange | Mike Newall," 18 Apr. 2018 The detracking movement largely died down in the early part of the 21st century as federal policies designed to hold schools accountable for education performance normalized standardized testing as a way of measuring and separating kids, Wells said. Erin Einhorn, NBC News, "A fight over gifted education in New York is escalating a national debate over segregated schools," 31 Aug. 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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