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 But his greatest legacy was his administrative genius: His schemes to standardize weights and coinage across his vast territories became a blueprint for the world’s future empires. National Geographic, "History's first superpower sprang from ancient Iran," 6 Jan. 2020 Some argue that the solution is to standardize labeling on recycling bins. Natalie Rademacher, Twin Cities, "‘When in doubt, throw it out.’ A struggling market spurs drive for better recycling.," 9 Dec. 2019 Priorities included mental health support programs and planning to standardize schools’ safety equipment and emergency response protocols. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "More than 100 Douglas County schools to share $10 million in new safety funds, with most going to physical upgrades," 21 Nov. 2019 La Poste, in turn, sees V.S.M.P. as a way to standardize and preserve an admirable tradition that has come under threat. Zoey Poll, The New Yorker, "In France, Elder Care Comes with the Mail," 9 Oct. 2019 Basically, Google wants to standardize gesture navigation across Android phones. Wired, "Android 10 Has Arrived. Here’s What to Expect," 3 Sep. 2019 Centralizing human resources and labor relations is an opportunity to standardize procedures and make sure the state applies collective bargaining agreements consistently, McCaw said. Tess Vrbin,, "Gov. Ned Lamont signs executive order to restructure HR departments in state agencies," 31 July 2019 In the interests of true simplification, regulators should also seize the opportunity to standardize the data currently being collected in various formats by five different agencies. Sheila C. Bair And Gaurav Vasisht, WSJ, "The Volcker Rule Needs Transparency More Than ‘Simplification’," 9 Sep. 2018 The salary structure was later standardized to prevent frustration among judges, a 2013 letter filed in Suffolk Superior Court shows., "Former judges fault Deval Patrick for failure to fix unequal pay, retaliation on job - The Boston Globe," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of standardize

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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27 Jan 2020

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“Standardize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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