nor·​mal·​ize | \ ˈnȯr-mə-ˌlīz How to pronounce normalize (audio) \
normalized; normalizing; normalizes

Definition of normalize

transitive verb

1 : to make (something) conform to or reduce (something) to a norm or standard … a standard written language that by 1776 had become normalized in grammar, spelling, and pronunciation.— E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
2 mathematics : to make (something) normal (as by a transformation of variables)
3 : to bring or restore to a normal condition normalize relations between two countries … soluble fibers that help to normalize blood sugar.— Jane E. Brody
4 : to allow or encourage (something considered extreme or taboo) to become viewed as normal Let's normalize real talk around mental health.— Cynthia Fowler … helping to normalize bullying and negative behaviors as acceptable forms of interaction …— Helena Duch Mothers around the world are still fighting to normalize breastfeeding in public.— Angela Andaloro

Other Words from normalize

normalizable \ ˈnȯr-​mə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce normalize (audio) \ adjective

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.
Recent Examples on the Web In short, the supply chain disruption will take some time to normalize. Mike Patton, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Some investors say that higher interest rates ahead will normalize return expectations among investors. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 19 May 2022 China’s bid to normalize covid prevention protocols, however, has some feeling uneasy. Jane Li, Quartz, 17 May 2022 Li Keqiang, China’s premier, is urging Shanghai to normalize manufacturing despite the city’s COVID-zero policy, which aims to eradicate every case of the virus. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 14 May 2022 Transitioning to a new formula may result in some gassiness, and Middleberg says that should normalize but advises parents to keep a close eye on their child and let their pediatrician know immediately if things get worse or don’t improve. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 12 May 2022 Some observers fear that the attack on Chappelle — along with Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Academy Awards last month over a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith — could normalize violence against comedians. Grayson Quay, The Week, 5 May 2022 The main driver for the growth was a jump in ad clicks, as the economy continues to normalize and more dining and shopping establishments reopen at normal hours. Trefis Team, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Now, the Fed appears determined to normalize monetary policy as fast as possible. Don Leestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of normalize

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Normalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for normalize


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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