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verb (used with object), reg·u·lar·ized, reg·u·lar·iz·ing.
  1. to make regular.
Also especially British, reg·u·lar·ise.

Origin of regularize

First recorded in 1615–25; regular + -ize
Related formsreg·u·lar·i·za·tion, nounreg·u·lar·iz·er, nounun·reg·u·lar·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for regularize

Historical Examples

  • No attempt was made to regularize the use of quotation marks.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor

    Stephen Cullen Carpenter

  • The universal attempt to formulate or to regularize—an attempt that can be made only by disregarding or denying.

  • Typesetting for italics was very inconsistent in this book; no attempt has been made to regularize the use of italics.

  • The word Arctic is generally capitalized, but exceptions were too frequent to regularize.

  • It is absolutely necessary to stimulate and regularize perspiration over the whole surface of the body.

British Dictionary definitions for regularize



  1. (tr) to make regular; cause to conform
Derived Formsregularization or regularisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for regularize


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

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