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 Federal efforts to standardize American schools have had the unfortunate consequence of diminishing the autonomy of educators and the distinctiveness of the education that students are provided. Matthew Ladner, National Review, "Arizona’s Success with Charter Schools Is a Model Other States Would Be Wise to Follow," 8 Nov. 2019 Others are participating in efforts to standardize credentials. Susan Lund, Quartz, "Will robots take your job before you even graduate?," 5 Nov. 2019 So, while the DSM-5 criteria represent the psychiatry field’s best efforts to standardize our conception of schizoaffective disorder, its real-life application isn’t perfect. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Mental Health Experts Want You to Know About Schizoaffective Disorder," 19 Sep. 2019 Only Walmart did better, largely for its efforts to standardize date labels and to educate staffers and customers. David Segal, New York Times, "The World Wastes Tons of Food. A Grocery ‘Happy Hour’ Is One Answer.," 8 Sep. 2019 While conventional wisdom suggests student housing has high turnover and operational costs, investors saw an ability to standardize operations and construction and take advantage of a kind of captive market in the predictable influx of students. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Back on campus, students confront a challenging housing market," 20 Aug. 2019 There are no federal guidelines to limit or standardize the technology's use. Donie O'sullivan, CNN, "Bernie Sanders wants to stop police from using facial recognition software," 19 Aug. 2019 Param Vir Singh, a professor of business technologies at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, agreed, pointing out that VR gives companies the ability to standardize how employees are evaluated. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "Walmart has added virtual reality to its assessment of an employee’s potential," 12 July 2019 Brian Scholl, a deputy fire marshal with the Phoenix Fire Department, said laws regarding fireworks became much simpler after the state Legislature passed a law standardizing their use in Arizona. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Here's where you can use fireworks in Arizona," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of standardize

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of standardize was in 1873

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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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