reg·​u·​lar·​ize | \ ˈre-gyə-lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce regularize (audio) also ˈrā- \
regularized; regularizing

Definition of regularize

transitive verb

: to make regular by conformance to law, rules, or custom

Other Words from regularize

regularization \ ˌre-​gyə-​lə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce regularize (audio) also  ˌrā-​ \ noun

Examples of regularize in a Sentence

Under the program, illegal immigrants would be able to apply to regularize their status. the garment industry agreed to regularize women's clothing sizes so one company's size six wasn't another company's size ten
Recent Examples on the Web Juan Pérez Reyes, a ranch worker from Baja California, was eager to regularize his 2004 Honda Accord. Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2021 Parolees must either leave the country at the end of their parole period or regularize their immigration status in order to stay, such as applying for a visa, seeking asylum, or obtaining citizenship. Jill Goldenziel, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Winning the legal status could let some 2.2 million people like him regularize their shaky status, work legally, claim some benefits, and live without fear of deportation. Anastasia Moloney, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 July 2021 Congress and the White House are engaged in trying to put together a bill to overhaul and regularize police practices—banning some, limiting no-knock warrants, maybe imposing more liability risk on officers for misconduct. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2021 Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s government is working on a new measure to try to regularize more of the country’s economy by discouraging the use of cash. Flavia Rotondi,, 14 Oct. 2020 Those might involve regularizing sleep and food, minimizing alcohol and other substances, exercising, avoiding obsessions with the news, and cutting back on other aimless habits that might be easier to moderate in normal times. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, 22 May 2020 The parties drew up a draft agreement to regularize the arrangement: Low would pay $8 million up front. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 Migrants who wanted to cross and request asylum or seek to regularize their status and find work could do so. Time, 18 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of regularize

1780, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of regularize was in 1780

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“Regularize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of regularize

: to make (something, such as a situation) regular, legal, or officially accepted


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