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 The two new studies, however, will be Phase 2 randomized controlled clinical trials. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With use of survivor plasma considered safe, two new tests will measure whether it combats COVID-19," 27 May 2020 The two new studies, however, will be Phase 2 randomized controlled clinical trials. Mark Johnson, USA TODAY, "Use of survivor plasma is considered safe, but two new tests will see if it combats COVID-19," 27 May 2020 In the double-blind, randomized controlled trial of 800 people, hospitalized Covid-19 patients who received the drug recovered in 11 days versus 15 days for patients who got a placebo. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Doctors anticipate patient requests for experimental remdesivir before all the evidence comes in," 30 Apr. 2020 Roche has since initiated a phase III randomized controlled clinical trial for the medication. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Here’s What We Know about the Most Touted Drugs Tested for COVID-19," 16 Apr. 2020 The gold standard for testing medical therapies today is the double-blinded, randomized controlled trial, which pits a treatment against a placebo given to a control group. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Want a New Covid-19 Drug Fast? Bring on the Battle Royale," 24 Apr. 2020 Identifying who stands to benefit and why requires data, and several randomized controlled studies of hydroxychloroquine are under way. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Be Very Careful About Taking Medical Advice From President Trump," 6 Apr. 2020 The trial will be randomized, meaning that some subjects will be given placebos, Schacker said. NBC News, "Clinical trials on coronavirus drugs may take only months, researcher says," 28 Mar. 2020 But the letter was merely suggesting a connection between ibuprofen, ACE2, and COVID-19—it wasn’t a randomized, controlled study. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "Should You Take Advil for COVID-19?," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of randomize

1926, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jun 2020

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“Randomize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/randomize. Accessed 6 Jul. 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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