ran·​dom·​ize | \ˈran-də-ˌmīz \
randomized; randomizing

Definition of randomize 

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from randomize

randomization \ˌran-​də-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən \ 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.

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The project recently completed the first phase of enrollment, recruiting and enrolling 325 families and randomizing them to receive sequencing or usual care. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The New, Improved World of Infant Care," 16 Sep. 2018 In this Phase 2 study, which recently got underway, patients with recurrent glioblastoma will be randomized into two groups. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Poliovirus therapy shows early promise in patients with aggressive brain cancer but questions linger," 26 June 2018 In this randomized controlled clinical trial, the patients were assigned to either a high onion diet (consisting of raw red onion) or a low onion diet. Health.com, "6 Health Benefits of Onions," 22 June 2018 So randomized controlled trials, the gold standard of biomedical research, aren’t an option. Helen Branswell, STAT, "With short outbreaks and complex permissions, testing critical Ebola treatments is a challenge," 11 June 2018 Ballot order is randomized in every race, as research shows a slight advantage for names at the top or bottom of a list. John Myers, latimes.com, "Los Angeles voters picked different candidates for the same job," 9 June 2018 For instance, a 2015 meta-analysis that reviewed 23 randomized controlled trials of ADHD treatment via stimulant medication found significantly less anxiety among the children who were taking the stimulants than among those who were taking placebos. Philly.com, "Summer break shouldn't always mean a 'drug holiday' for kids with ADHD," 1 June 2018 Those women were then randomized into two trials: one received hormone therapy with chemotherapy; the other received hormone therapy alone. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Many women with common breast cancer can safely skip chemo, study says," 3 June 2018 Additionally, a recent meta-analysis in PLOS Medicine looked at one randomized controlled trial and 79 cohort studies, all from high-income countries, and examined maternal outcomes, childhood outcomes, and outcomes for subsequent pregnancies. Kavin Senapathy, SELF, "Giving Birth Made Me Question the Informed Consent Process During Childbirth," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of randomize

1926, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of randomize

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

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