stan·​dard·​ize | \ ˈstan-dər-ˌdīz How to pronounce standardize (audio) \
standardized; standardizing; standardizes

Definition of standardize

transitive verb

1 : to bring into conformity with a standard especially in order to assure consistency and regularity trying to standardize testing procedures There ought to be a law standardizing the controls for hot and cold in hotel and motel showers.— Andrew A. Rooney These rectangular steel boxes, first used about fifty years ago, revolutionized the transportation of freight by standardizing the size and shape of the container, enabling it to be moved seamlessly from boat and barge to rail or truck.— James McCommons
2 : to compare with a standard : to determine the strength, value, or quality of (something) by comparison with a standard standardize a solution standardize a voltmeter

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Other Words from standardize

standardization \ ˌstan-​dər-​də-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce standardization (audio) \ noun

Examples of standardize in a Sentence

He standardized procedures for the industry. the plan is to standardize the test for reading comprehension so that we can see how students across the state compare

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Students in elementary and middle public schools made gains on the state’s standardized English and math exams, according to data released on Thursday. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, "City School Test Scores Inch Up, but Less Than Half of Students Pass," 22 Aug. 2019 But manufacturers still want to make sure that rules are standardized across the country, and that prospect is still up in the air. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Car companies’ surprising deal with California on environmental rules, explained," 30 July 2019 The law standardizes the information stored on driver’s licenses, and requires states to share their motor vehicle databases with one another. Time, "'It Is Absurd.' Data Breaches Show it's Time to Rethink How We Use Social Security Numbers, Experts Say," 5 Aug. 2019 The situations can then be virtually replicated and standardized for hundreds of employees, eliminating bias while placing employees in positions that best fit their skill sets. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Walmart uses virtual reality to test new store managers," 8 July 2019 The appraisal system will get standardized across the state. Dallas News, "This is how Texas lawmakers avoided true property tax reform and instead gave us fluff and stuff," 5 July 2019 And the familiar 0-5 rating scale isn’t standardized, either. A.a. Newton, SELF, "Here’s How to Tell if Your Skin-Care Products Are Actually Noncomedogenic," 8 Aug. 2019 In addition to the reasons given for recalling Lee, the people working to oust Pettersen listed her support for standardizing vaccine exemption forms and supervised injection sites. Anna Staver, The Denver Post, "Recalls against Colorado Democrats Brittany Pettersen and Pete Lee can go forward," 12 July 2019 Google has already committed to standardizing the Android Q implementation of gesture navigation to the point where OEMs will no longer be allowed to make their own alternative forms of gesture navigation. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android Q’s gesture navigation won’t support custom home apps at launch," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of standardize

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of standardize

: to change (things) so that they are similar and consistent and agree with rules about what is proper and acceptable


stan·​dard·​ize | \ ˈstan-dər-ˌdīz How to pronounce standardize (audio) \
standardized; standardizing

Kids Definition of standardize

: to make alike or matching a model


transitive verb
variants: also British standardise \ ˈstan-​dərd-​ˌīz How to pronounce standardise (audio) \
standardized also British standardised; standardizing also British standardising

Medical Definition of standardize

1 : to reduce to or compare with a standard standardize a solution
2 : to bring into conformity with a standard
3 : to arrange or order the component items of a test (as of intelligence or personality) so that the probability of their eliciting a designated class of response varies with some quantifiable psychological or behavioral attribute, function, or characteristic

Other Words from standardize

standardization also British standardisation \ ˌstan-​dərd-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce standardisation (audio) \ noun

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