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

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regularization \ ˌre-​gyə-​lə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce regularization (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 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,, "Italy’s Economy of Hidden Transactions Is About Size of Portugal," 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, "Is Everyone Depressed?," 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, "The Malaysian Job," 27 Apr. 2020 Migrants who wanted to cross and request asylum or seek to regularize their status and find work could do so. Time, "Hundreds of Migrants Bound North Approach Guatemala-Mexico Border," 18 Jan. 2020 The bridge was open on the previous day to migrants who wanted to cross and request asylum in Mexico, or seek to regularize their status and find work. Author: María Verza, Anchorage Daily News, "Over 2,000 Central American migrants try to enter Mexico," 18 Jan. 2020 The worry is that the burden of this would fall largely on poor people, and on poor Muslims, because the others could get regularized under the Citizenship Amendment Act. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "India’s Citizenship Emergency," 18 Dec. 2019 The sunlight will program your body clock and help regularize your sleep and wake rhythm. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "5 Easy Ways to Spring Clean Your Health," 11 Apr. 2018 Brazil’s rules previously gave foreigners at risk of deportation 60 days to regularize their status. Washington Post, "Brazil opens fast track for deporting ‘dangerous’ foreigners," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of regularize

1780, in the meaning defined above

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25 Oct 2020

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“Regularize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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