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[reg-yuh-luh-rahyz] /ˈrɛg yə ləˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), regularized, regularizing.
to make regular.
Also, especially British, regularise.
Origin of regularize
First recorded in 1615-25; regular + -ize
Related forms
regularization, noun
regularizer, noun
unregularized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for regularise
Historical Examples
  • Rivers tend to regularise their beds; they drain, rather than form lakes.

    The Beauties of Nature Sir John Lubbock
  • Austrian guns have been in action for some days, and now it has been thought worth while to regularise the situation.

  • Trafford's little attempt to regularise his position-203- was as creditable to him as it was inevitably futile.

    Marriage H. G. Wells
  • The more we can regularise our commonplace activities by habit, the smoother our path and the more leisure we command.

    Windfalls (AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner
  • Special chairs are kept for the dirty, who are placed at stated times upon conveniences in order to regularise their functions.

British Dictionary definitions for regularise


(transitive) to make regular; cause to conform
Derived Forms
regularization, regularisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for regularise



1620s, from regular (adj.) + -ize. Related: Regularized; regularizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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