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 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 The South Carolina State Flag Study Committee was created in 2018 to standardize the state flag -- and met just five times before proposing the new one, influenced by state history. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A redesigned South Carolina flag was scrapped after residents made fun of its palmetto tree," 31 Dec. 2020 The past 400 years have only seen a handful of cohesive efforts to standardize the modern calendar or iron out its kinks. Richard Conn Henry, National Review, "As We Usher in 2021, It’s Time to Adopt a Permanent Calendar," 31 Dec. 2020 Federal standards for a variety of foods were put into place decades ago to standardize product quality, which spell out how specific labels are made and what ingredients are permitted, according to the FDA. Wilson Wong, NBC News, "The FDA wants to get rid of its rules governing the identity of French dressing," 18 Dec. 2020 Rhoades is working with a national health care security organization to standardize training for officers., "New police force in America: More hospitals are creating private departments, raising concerns about secrecy and abuse," 15 Dec. 2020 Pinterest also pledged to standardize and increase transparency around employee pay and promotions. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "Pinterest Pledges Changes to Workplace Culture After Discrimination Settlement," 16 Dec. 2020 Many in the nuclear industry view this as, at least in part, a failure to standardize designs. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Why are nuclear plants so expensive? Safety’s only part of the story," 21 Nov. 2020 With millions of California children facing the prospect of most or all of the school year being conducted remotely, lawmakers will look for ways to standardize the procedures for when to open and how to provide the money to do so safely. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, "California lawmakers have long COVID-19 to-do list as they reconvene in Sacramento," 7 Dec. 2020 Rubrics support consistency and help standardize evaluation, but are meaningless without calibrating them. Cate Huston, Quartz at Work, "You can fix your hiring process: Here’s your five-step plan," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of standardize

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Standardize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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 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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