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

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The September deal was aimed at uniting the flock, regularizing the status of seven bishops who weren’t recognized by Rome and thawing decades of estrangement between China and the Vatican. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Vatican negotiator reveals decades-long path to China deal," 25 Mar. 2019 The key part of the deal calls for the Vatican to recognize the seven living illegitimate bishops and regularize their status in the church, while also arranging for two legitimate ones to step aside. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope acknowledges China bishop deal will cause suffering," 25 Sep. 2018 The Vatican seems to be betting that regularizing religious practice will revitalize the faith. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "A Catholic bishop and his rural Chinese parish worry about a deal between Beijing and the Vatican," 11 Mar. 2018 Special police forces, once considered incorruptible, have become tainted by the arrego, regularized bribery between officials and traffickers. Benjamin Lessing, Washington Post, "Brazil’s federal intervention in Rio’s drug wars has an authoritarian feel — and could backfire," 2 Mar. 2018 Satbir Singh, Chief Executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants told CNN, called on the government to ease the process for members of the Windrush generation who sought to regularize their immigration status. Hilary Clarke And Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "Invited to the UK decades ago, now they must prove they're British," 16 Apr. 2018 The president’s approach so far has been to regularize the type of Freedom of Navigation Operations, or FONOPs, that the Obama administration authorized in 2015. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "The South China Sea fell off Trump’s radar last year. He may have to pay attention in 2018.," 1 Jan. 2018 Five years ago, only a few hundred migrants routed themselves to the U.S. through South America, but the number soared in 2015 to nearly 30,000, according to Colombia’s government, which took measures to regularize the journey. Karl Vick,, "Smugglers Inc.," 16 Feb. 2018 Restoring ties and regularizing Catholic religious life in China has been a priority for Pope Francis. Ian Johnson, New York Times, "Vatican, Eager for China Ties, Asks ‘Underground’ Bishops to Step Aside," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of regularize

1780, in the meaning defined above

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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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