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

transitive verb

: 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.
mathematics : to make (something) normal (as by a transformation of variables)
: to bring or restore to a normal condition
normalize relations between two countries
… soluble fibers that help to normalize blood sugar.Jane E. Brody
: 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
normalizable 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 DeCaro say in many cases, unhealthy patterns like this may be normalized or even mistakenly labeled as healthy, which can become confusing. Sara Moniuszko, CBS News, 21 Nov. 2023 Over time, if enough studios arrange deals in this manner, the term will become normalized in contravention of the tentative deal’s aim to empower performers with the ability to control future uses of their AI doubles. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023 These women are normalizing the often messy and chaotic experience of being a middle-class mom to give real advice to their followers. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2023 Israel even succeeded in normalizing ties with Bahrain, Morocco, and the UAE in what some in Israel and the United States hoped would be a stronger regional bulwark against Iran. Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Foreign Affairs, 1 Nov. 2023 These Latines are normalizing alcohol-free spaces for la cultura. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 Bahrain’s Finance Minister Sheikh Salman bin Khalifa al-Khalifa said the Israel-Hamas war shouldn’t be allowed to interrupt economic integration in the region that emerged after Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates normalized relations with Israel in 2020. Stephen Kalin, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2023 There is a strong desire for menstrual health to be normalized in schools and workplaces, and teens expect education to be part of the core curriculum for everyone. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 8 Nov. 2023 Academics have normalized violent rhetoric, and student groups justify any act of violence as long as the recipient of the violence is labeled an oppressor. WSJ, 7 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of normalize was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Normalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


nor·​mal·​ize ˈnȯr-mə-ˌlīz How to pronounce normalize (audio)
normalized; normalizing
: to make normal or average
normalization noun

Medical Definition


transitive verb
variants or British normalise
normalized or British normalised; normalizing or British normalising
: to make conform to or reduce to a norm or standard
normalize blood pressure
normalization noun
or British normalisation

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