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[nawr-muh-lahyz] /ˈnɔr məˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), normalized, normalizing.
to make normal.
to establish or resume (relations) in a normal manner, as between countries.
Metallurgy. to heat (a steel alloy) to a suitable temperature above the transformation range and then to cool in still air at ambient temperature.
verb (used without object), normalized, normalizing.
to become normal; resume a normal state:
Prices soon normalized after the war.
Also, especially British, normalise.
Origin of normalize
First recorded in 1860-65; normal + -ize
Related forms
normalization, noun
denormalization, noun
overnormalization, noun
overnormalize, verb (used with object), overnormalized, overnormalizing.
renormalization, noun
renormalize, verb (used with object), renormalized, renormalizing.
unnormalized, adjective
unnormalizing, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for normalised
Historical Examples
  • The formatting of the original tables of contents has been normalised.

    A New Orchard And Garden William Lawson
  • Punctuation has been normalised and obvious printer errors corrected.

    The Man with the Book John Matthias Weylland
  • The head form in this edition may be either a normalised form or one which actually occurs.

  • The main text dates from the 18th Century, when English spelling had not yet been normalised.

  • Punctuation has been normalised, and hyphenation of words outside quoted material has been made consistent, without comment here.

    A Portrait of Old George Town Grace Dunlop Ecker
  • Dr. Haig pronounced the appeal to even a normalised appetite dangerous, and clung to the prescription theory of regulating food.

    The New Glutton or Epicure Horace Fletcher
  • Obvious punctuation errors have been silently repaired and hyphenation was normalised.

British Dictionary definitions for normalised


verb (transitive)
to bring or make into the normal state
to bring into conformity with a standard
to heat (steel) above a critical temperature and allow it to cool in air to relieve internal stresses; anneal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for normalised



1865, from normal + -ize. Related: Normalized; normalizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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