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
Recent Examples on the Web For example, the retailer is standardizing more of the vans used in delivery, rather than always requiring delivery contractors to supply their own vans. NBC News, "Inside Amazon's delivery push: Employees and drivers say an overworked system is lax on safety as packages pile up," 27 Nov. 2019 As internet protocols and technologies were standardized, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, universities, businesses, and even regular people started to connect over the internet. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "From dial-up to 5G: a complete guide to logging on to the internet," 29 Oct. 2019 McDonald’s standardizes the appearance of its restaurants, in order to trigger habitual eating routines. Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, "Can Brain Science Help Us Break Bad Habits?," 21 Oct. 2019 The state should standardize reporting of school crime and incident data to avoid the discretion that has led to many schools under-reporting incidents and some to over-report. Scott Travis,, "Reduce number of active shooter drills in schools, Stoneman Douglas commission urges," 15 Oct. 2019 The proceeds of fines might be used to fund the creation of standardized, freely available content moderation tools, for instance. Washington Post, "Taming Tech’s Wild West Imposes a Cost Worth Paying," 26 Sep. 2019 Federal efforts to standardize American schools have had the unfortunate consequence of diminishing the autonomy of educators and the distinctiveness of the education that students are provided. Matthew Ladner, National Review, "Arizona’s Success with Charter Schools Is a Model Other States Would Be Wise to Follow," 8 Nov. 2019 Others are participating in efforts to standardize credentials. Susan Lund, Quartz, "Will robots take your job before you even graduate?," 5 Nov. 2019 So, while the DSM-5 criteria represent the psychiatry field’s best efforts to standardize our conception of schizoaffective disorder, its real-life application isn’t perfect. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Mental Health Experts Want You to Know About Schizoaffective Disorder," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of standardize

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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1 Dec 2019

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“Standardize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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How to pronounce standardize (audio)

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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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