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 Similarly, the State Department took a backseat in Kushner's negotiations to get Morocco to normalize ties with Israel, which involved U.S. recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over the former Spanish territory of Western Sahara. Matthew Lee, ajc, "Pompeo offers burst of actions, attacks before leaving State," 15 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, Oman and Kuwait do not share Saudi Arabia’s view of Iran as an imminent threat to be neutralized, but rather as a neighbor with whom Gulf states must normalize peaceful ties. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "End of yearslong Saudi-Qatar feud reunites families, and a region," 13 Jan. 2021 The policy change allowed patients to use their regular physicians safely during the pandemic and normalize the practice. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Pandemic. Recession. Political strife: The Texas Legislature’s toughest 2021 challenges," 10 Jan. 2021 In good times, U.S. policy makers feel no compulsion to normalize, and in bad times no reason or ability to do so. Kevin Warsh, WSJ, "Beijing’s Bid for Financial Supremacy," 4 Jan. 2021 No first lady did more to normalize the image of an active working presidential spouse in the minds of Americans than Eleanor Roosevelt, who publicly and privately shaped many New Deal-era anti-poverty and civil rights programs. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | LAUREN A. WRIGHT: Profiling the perfect first lady," 4 Jan. 2021 The truth is that everyone has skin concerns, celebrity or not, and de Angelis is helping to normalize the struggles so many others share. Sydney Clarke,, "The Undoing ‘s Matilda De Angelis Opens Up About Her Acne On Instagram," 21 Dec. 2020 Get to know Emhoff better with your kids, taking the first step to celebrate and normalize a dynamic that has been anything but normal for all of American history. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Talk to your kids about Kamala Harris and other elected women," 3 Dec. 2020 Some analysts say retailers opt for bonuses instead of raises because they can be given out at random and do not normalize higher pay. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "Virus Cases Rise, but Hazard Pay for Retail Workers Doesn’t," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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24 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Normalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 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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