sys·​tem·​a·​tize | \ˈsi-stə-mə-ˌtīz \
systematized; systematizing

Definition of systematize 

transitive verb

: to arrange in accord with a definite plan or scheme : order systematically the need to systematize their work

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Other Words from systematize

systematization \ ˌsi-​stə-​mə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən , si-​ˌste-​mə-​ \ noun
systematizer noun

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order, arrange, marshal, organize, systematize, methodize mean to put persons or things into their proper places in relation to each other. order suggests a straightening out so as to eliminate confusion. ordered her business affairs arrange implies a setting in sequence, relationship, or adjustment. arranged the files numerically marshal suggests gathering and arranging in preparation for a particular operation or effective use. marshaling the facts for argument organize implies arranging so that the whole aggregate works as a unit with each element having a proper function. organized the volunteers into teams systematize implies arranging according to a predetermined scheme. systematized billing procedures methodize suggests imposing an orderly procedure rather than a fixed scheme. methodizes every aspect of daily living

Examples of systematize in a Sentence

The country is systematizing yearly exams for high-school students. The computer program systematizes the data and enters it into a table.

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When the sun glides into Virgo, the radiant star is inspired to systematize its creative pursuits. Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018 Information was stored and systematized in expanding libraries. Henry A. Kissinger, The Atlantic, "How the Enlightenment Ends," 15 May 2018 Its effects are steadily being systematized—not merely in workplaces or on Hollywood red carpets, but also in courtrooms. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Bill Cosby and the Slow Death of Celebrity Impunity," 26 Apr. 2018 And this ain’t easy for an astro babe who likes to action and systematize existence. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes February 5-11," 5 Feb. 2011 The unexpected and ferocious Tet Offensive jolted American and South Vietnamese troops with blows that were bold, breathtaking and unexpectedly systematized. Alice George, Smithsonian, "This Fighter Jet Turned the Tide During Vietnam’s Decisive Tet Offensive," 23 Jan. 2018 Thus emerged the motion to form a national Afro-socialist caucus, an attempt to systematize the more informal structure established in New York. Kate Aronoff, New Republic, "Are the Democratic Socialists of America For Real?," 7 Aug. 2017 These applications aim to analyze a vast amount of data and search for patterns—broadening managers’ options and helping them systematize processes that are often driven simply by instinct. Ted Greenwald, WSJ, "How AI Is Transforming the Workplace," 10 Mar. 2017 Cuomo set out in 2015 to systematize and ramp up consideration of clemency bids, including by enlisting volunteer lawyers to help people apply. Jennifer Peltz, Orange County Register, "New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes unusual move to free prisoners, including of former revolutionary," 7 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of systematize

1751, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of systematize

: to make (something) into a system

: to organize (something) by using a system


transitive verb
variants: also British systematise \ ˈsis-​tə-​mə-​ˌtīz \
systematized also British systematised; systematizing also British systematising

Medical Definition of systematize 

: to arrange in accord with a definite plan or scheme : order systematically a patient with systematized delusions

Other Words from systematize

systematization also British systematisation \ ˌsis-​tə-​mət-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən , sis-​ˌtem-​ət-​ \ noun

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