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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This new book has some pretty depressing moments—especially about the current state of standardized testing. Wired, "College, Calculus, and the Problem With the SAT," 11 Sep. 2019 Still, others might not pass the NCAA’s standardized test. Michael Mccann,, "How Rich Paul Could Build a Case Against the NCAA for its New Criteria Added for Agents," 6 Aug. 2019 One reason this variance can be especially dangerous is because the types and amounts of chemicals in vaping products aren't typically standardized. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Untangling the myths and mysteries of the vaping phenomenon," 13 Sep. 2019 The startup’s technology—referred to in the industry as data wrangling—sorts through copious amounts of data in order to standardize the information, which can often be labeled differently or duplicated when it's stored in multiple databases. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "The A.I. Boom Helped This Data Cleaning Startup Collect $100 Million From Investors," 12 Sep. 2019 Case in point: California recently standardized emergency maternity care and in doing so cut its maternal death rate in half, and yet the death rate stubbornly remains higher for black women in California than for white women. Leta Shy, SELF, "Too Many Black Women Are Dying from Pregnancy and Childbirth in the U.S. So What Are We Actually Doing About It?," 30 July 2019 The bill also proposes creating federal complete streets design standards, which would dictate the way multimodal roads are designed in the same way federal highway design is standardized. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Pedestrian deaths keep rising in the U.S. Can Congress reverse the trend?," 11 July 2019 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

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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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