sys·​tem·​a·​tize ˈsi-stə-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce systematize (audio)
systematized; systematizing

transitive verb

: to arrange in accord with a definite plan or scheme : order systematically
the need to systematize their work
systematization noun
systematizer noun
Choose the Right Synonym for systematize

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 The comprehensive fix recently introduced in the House and Senate would clarify key terms, require Congress to affirmatively approve American involvement in armed conflicts abroad, and systematize funding cutoffs consistent with Congress’s power of the purse. Dan Caldwell, National Review, 24 Oct. 2021 This dialogue is the first part of a diagnostic interview between a psychiatrist and a patient who has systematized delusions of persecution. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2023 The first, which falls primarily to Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, is to systematize the mass of data that might speed the search for the missing, which is now a matter of urgency as surviving witnesses die and human remains degrade. George Black, The New Republic, 19 Dec. 2022 In 2014, after Goodell was criticized for his handling of suspensions, particularly in domestic violence cases involving Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, the N.F.L. created its own investigative unit to systematize its approach to cases involving allegations of violence against women. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 The rise of return-to-work apps managed by employers has raised some concerns among privacy advocates, who warn that their use could rapidly expand and systematize methods of surveillance, and turn the disclosure of more information to employers into an accepted practice. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 19 Aug. 2020 His Natural History, a 37-volume masterpiece of high literary quality yet immense factual density, attempted to record and systematize the totality of human knowledge about nature. Tom Siegfried, Discover Magazine, 8 Feb. 2023 When possible, systematize and train more junior staff to complete projects to free up time for more senior staff. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 Questions still remain about the type of dog that’s ideal for testing, how to systematize canine testing, and the financial feasibility of using dogs, Bloomberg reports. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 19 May 2014 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1751, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of systematize was in 1751

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“Systematize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


systematized; systematizing
: to make into or arrange according to a system

Medical Definition


transitive verb
variants also British systematise
systematized also British systematised; systematizing also British systematising
: to arrange in accord with a definite plan or scheme : order systematically
a patient with systematized delusions
systematization noun
also British systematisation

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