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 randomize (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 So Solidarity continued to randomize patients to receive remdesivir or standard of care, to hunt for any small effect, particularly in patients who need little or no supplemental oxygen. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "International megatrial of coronavirus treatments is at a standstill," 3 Mar. 2021 Services like Twitter, by contrast, randomize the URLs of posts so they can't be guessed. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "An Absurdly Basic Bug Let Anyone Grab All of Parler's Data," 12 Jan. 2021 First, since the antibodies are in limited supply, states such as Colorado have set up a system to randomize who gets doses if supply runs short. Scott Gottlieb And Mark Mcclellan, WSJ, "Why Are Covid Antibody Drugs Sitting on Shelves?," 20 Dec. 2020 In a similar effort, Bowers will randomize 24 patients to externally applied NIR or sham light and watch for behavioral and motor benefits. Gunjan Sinha, Science | AAAS, "Trials begin for a new weapon against Parkinson’s: light," 17 Sep. 2020 More recent versions of Android also allow the same location permissions and, when running on specific hardware (which usually come at a premium cost), also randomize MAC addresses. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Beware of find-my-phone, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, NSA tells mobile users," 4 Aug. 2020 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

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First Known Use of randomize

1926, in the meaning defined above

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26 Mar 2021

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“Randomize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/randomize. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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