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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Recent Examples on the Web ProPublica spoke to 15 doctors and nurses from New Jersey to California to North and South Carolina who said their administrators have normalized poor infection control practices — putting them at risk and likely spreading the virus. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "A Nurse’s Hospital Wouldn’t Let Her Wear an N95 Mask. She Hasn’t Been Back to Work in Weeks.," 18 Apr. 2020 The supposed empowerment of Trump women has been amplified by access journalists, whose work routinely normalizes daughter Ivanka and wife Melania as political figures. Nina Burleigh, The New Republic, "Trump’s Women Are Trapped in a Cult of “Empowerment”," 13 Apr. 2020 Gantz, for his part, is normalizing a level of coöperation with Ayman Odeh, the Joint List’s leader, that both might have thought impossible just a few weeks ago. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "In Israel, an Unprecedented Political Crisis Is Compounded by the Coronavirus—and Netanyahu Is Benefitting," 19 Mar. 2020 Because the battery on the Dell is smaller, AMD normalizes the score of the Dell. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Battery life won't be a problem for AMD's Ryzen 4000 notebooks," 16 Mar. 2020 But Sanders normalized the idea within mainstream political discourse in his 2016 campaign and in turn gave it a greater purchase on public opinion. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "An Outside Chance," 12 Mar. 2020 But even these conduits, which Moussouris has worked hard to champion and normalize, can be abused. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The Long Path out of the Vulnerability Disclosure Dark Ages," 28 Feb. 2020 One of the things that will happen for the larger community of Alaska, this will normalize the thought of tribes as sovereigns. USA TODAY, "Tombstone gunfight, sparkler spoiler, no superbloom: News from around our 50 states," 18 Feb. 2020 Hearing their stories might normalize your own experience. SELF, "7 Little Ways to Deal With the Emotional Rollercoaster That Is College," 4 Oct. 2019

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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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19 May 2020

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“Normalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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