sys·​tem·​a·​tize | \ ˈsi-stə-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce systematize (audio) \
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

Other Words from systematize

systematization \ ˌsi-​stə-​mə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce systematize (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Time’s Up will hire an outside consultant, one that hasn’t been chosen yet, to help work through its problems and systematize the conflicts of interest that have caused the current uproar. Kate Aurthur, Variety, 23 Aug. 2021 The nineteenth-century idea of domestic science was an attempt to systematize the tasks and duties of the housewife. Hari Kunzru, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 Johann Joachim Winckelmann, scholar of the German Enlightenment, who in the late 18th century was the first to systematize the art of the past. Jason Farago, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2021 Because innovation can resemble an evolutionary process, attempts by both economists and policy-makers to systematize it are unlikely to succeed anytime soon. Philip Cross, National Review, 30 Dec. 2020 What at first feels artificial to us gradually proves its function as Majella’s effort to systematize the chaos swirling around her. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 As the field has become increasingly specialized and systematized in the modern era, these figures have stood out more conspicuously, coming to represent a tradition of their own. Christopher Beha, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2020 Big employers like Google and Unilever are trying to systematize the process as much as possible, to eliminate hiring bias and to ensure prospects are evaluated only on the background and attributes relevant for the job. Oliver Staley, Quartz at Work, 24 Oct. 2019 European migration policies have turned slavery, extortion, monetized torture—and for women, systematized rape—into a thriving economy valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Ben Ehrenreich, The New Republic, 17 Oct. 2019

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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 How to pronounce systematize (audio) \
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 How to pronounce systematize (audio) , sis-​ˌtem-​ət-​ How to pronounce systematize (audio) \ noun

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