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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Niel Nickolaisen, chief information officer at employee recognition company OC Tanner, recently moved his entire company over to Teams in an attempt to standardize communications. Rani Molla, Vox, "Microsoft Teams isn’t better than Slack, but it is freer.," 9 July 2019 In 2017, two major food-industry trade groups, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents Kellogg’s, and the Food Marketing Institute, moved to standardize the language on date labels to dispel confusion. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "Drink a Pint, Waste Less Food," 3 July 2019 That disparate response runs counter to decades of attempts to standardize the process of certifying aircraft and setting safety standards. Alan Levin,, "Aircraft regulators will join forces to restore Boeing 737 Max to service," 28 June 2019 Most schools in the district have their own safety and violence-prevention procedures, but the goal is to standardize them. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Douglas County schools eye districtwide safety plan in wake of STEM shooting," 5 June 2019 That might standardize too—earlier this month, two major EV charging networks, ChargePoint and Electrify America, announced a plan to make their services interoperable. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Electric Cars Still Face a Major Roadblock," 27 June 2019 Finance chiefs are increasingly standardizing processes to track working-capital performance across an organization, to make the most of that funding source. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "Biggest U.S. Companies’ Working-Capital Performance Hits Six-Year High," 25 June 2019 But FMTs smear the rules used for regulating standard drugs, which tend to have highly controlled, identifiable active ingredients that can be carefully quantified, formulated, standardized, and tested. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "One dead after poop transplant gone wrong, FDA warns," 14 June 2019 The bill, Senate Bill 25, standardizes how courts transmit orders to admit defendants to the Oregon State Hospital for trial fitness treatment., "Oregon enacts bill fixing court blunders that caused people to languish in jails," 12 June 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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