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

Other Words from standardize

standardization \ ˌstan-​dər-​də-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce standardize (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 True Footage, based in Seattle, collects data to standardize the appraisal process. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 Pluton is designed to standardize firmware-level security updates so they can be installed via Windows Update. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2022 Also, discussions are underway to standardize V2X connectivity, which will be critical in assuring that the players in this highly diverse space play nicely with each other. Phil Reich, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 The companies will also standardize equipment and processes to produce quality, higher volumes of production and greater affordability of EVs. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 5 Apr. 2022 Campbell’s was looking to standardize its harvest with tomatoes that were a consistent size and shape, as well as taste- and blemish-free, as its production needs increased. Jeff Quattrone, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Jan. 2022 Authorities hope such chains will outstrip standalone theaters in the next five years, particularly since their services are easier to standardize, regulate and control. Rebecca Davis, Variety, 16 Nov. 2021 Once the cobalt is mined, a new agency will buy it from the miners and standardize pricing for diggers, ensuring the government can tax the sales. New York Times, 10 Nov. 2021 Beginning next year, brands selling pads through REI will be required to standardize their R-value testing procedures and report them to consumers. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 22 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of standardize

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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 standardize (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 standardize (audio) \ noun

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