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.

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The study limitations included a small sample size, a lack of tracking movement (steps), omission of collecting dietary data, other than compliance to a Mediterranean diet (questionnaire) and without randomizing the participants. Mackie Shilstone, nola.com, "Are beer & exercising compatible?," 5 June 2019 The intent may have been to randomize, but her distinct taste nevertheless results in a provocative collection of digital curios. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "How One Honolulu-Based Artist Gets Dressed to Work in Paradise," 7 Mar. 2019 Some randomized controlled trials have shown that Pycnogenol and maca extract (Lepidium meyenii) can help control hot flashes (Maturitas, February 2014). Joe Graedon, The Seattle Times, "Vicks VapoRub eases facial pain," 11 Sep. 2018 Specifically, five alcohol companies helped fund — and potentially shaped the design of — a 7,800-person randomized controlled trial overseen by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a center at the NIH. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The alcohol industry gave the government money to prove moderate drinking is safe," 15 June 2018 There are also several randomized controlled trials suggesting that yoga may improve quality of life for diabetes patients, reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors, and even help people manage high blood pressure. Eliza Barclay, Vox, "The growth of yoga and meditation in the US since 2012 is remarkable," 11 Nov. 2018 The idea that no one would ever jump out of a plane without a parachute is often used as an analogy to argue that randomizing participants to either a potentially lifesaving medical intervention or a control would be inappropriate. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Study Shows Parachutes Are Totally Worthless," 17 Dec. 2018 For instance, one randomized, controlled trial published in the BMJ in 2014 followed 84 babies between the ages of 5 months and 6 months with moderate to severe skull deformation for six months. Korin Miller, SELF, "My Son, Like Chrissy Teigen’s, Wore a Corrective Helmet as a Baby for a Flat Spot," 4 Dec. 2018 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

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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

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

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