standardize

verb
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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The rebranding effort would help standardize the village’s self-marketing and will be used to address current and potential residents and businesses, according to the report. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "Lincolnwood looking to take up village rebranding effort," 14 May 2018 PwC said companies working with older, unreliable data need to first assess that data by identifying its source, gauging its accuracy, and standardizing data formats and labels going forward. Angus Loten, WSJ, "AI Efforts at Large Companies May Be Hindered by Poor Quality Data," 4 Mar. 2019 The holiday started in 2014 by Jeremy Burge, founder of Emojipedia and vice chair of the Emoji Subcommittee at Unicode, which standardizes emoji (among many other things). Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Apple replaced its executive portraits with Memoji," 17 July 2018 In 2017, the Macks entered into a partnership with the Utah restaurant development company Four Foods Group to standardize their business operations and grow the brand nationally. New York Times, "Hawaiian Food Is Flourishing … in Utah?," 23 Apr. 2018 It was started by three engineers from Apple and Xerox in 1987, with the goal of standardizing 16-bit characters for use in early computing. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "With This New Ballet Flat Emoji, Women Finally Have a Comfortable Digital Shoe," 9 Nov. 2018 Gaming experiences can be standardized in terms of events, timing, and intensity. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Repairing your brain with video games," 10 Oct. 2018 The carrier is standardizing procedures at airports to speed up unloading and reloading planes. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Best and Worst U.S. Airlines of 2018," 16 Jan. 2019 The move may be of more interest to corporate deployments; an organization that has standardized on Outlook, for example, might want to remove the Mail and Calendar apps to reduce user confusion. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft making more of the Windows 10 built-in apps removable," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of standardize

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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standardize

verb

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

standardize

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

Kids Definition of standardize

: to make alike or matching a model

standardize

transitive verb
stan·​dard·​ize
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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