ran·​dom·​ize | \ ˈran-də-ˌmīz How to pronounce randomize (audio) \
randomized; randomizing

Definition of randomize

transitive verb

: to select, assign, or arrange in a random way

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randomization \ ˌran-​də-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce randomization (audio) \ noun
randomizer noun

Examples of randomize in a Sentence

The numbers have been randomized. A randomized study of patients treated with the drug showed it to be effective.
Recent Examples on the Web As a next step, Kudchadkar is helping lead a multicenter randomized controlled trial to look at the protocol’s effectiveness. Popular Science, "Working out in the ICU could help patients in the long run," 28 Jan. 2020 One drawback in the literature, however, is that there haven’t been any randomized controlled trials looking at dog ownership and mortality. Washington Post, "Want to live longer? Try getting a dog.," 9 Oct. 2019 The new recommendation was decided after researchers reviewed 38 randomized, controlled testosterone treatment trials, which ranged from 10 to 798 male participants from the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia between 1997 and 2018. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "Testosterone treatment should only be given for sexual dysfunction, guideline suggests," 7 Jan. 2020 Microsoft implemented one of the first large-scale commercial developments of artificial diversity in their Windows OS system, by randomizing the internal locations where important pieces of system data were stored. Time, "What We Can Learn From the Near-Death of the Banana," 18 Nov. 2019 Many other systems, like melting ice, randomize the same way. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Calculate How Randomness Creeps In," 12 Nov. 2019 The methodological basis for claiming policy relevance of even popular experiments like randomizing school class size is deeply suspect. Nimi Hoffman, Quartz Africa, "The problem with economists using randomized trials in developing countries," 11 Dec. 2019 This year's Nobel Prize in economics honors three researchers who pioneered the use of randomized controlled trials to determine how best to ameliorate global poverty. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Economics Nobel honors trio taking an experimental approach to fighting poverty," 14 Oct. 2019 The new therapies were tested in a multi-drug, randomized, controlled trial conducted on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak since November. oregonlive, "Ebola cure? Scientists discover two highly effective drugs," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of randomize

1926, in the meaning defined above

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28 Feb 2020

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“Randomize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/randomize. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of randomize

technical : to arrange or choose (something) in a random way or order : to make (something) random

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