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[sis-tuh-muh-tahyz] /ˈsɪs tə məˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), systematized, systematizing.
to arrange in or according to a system; reduce to a system; make systematic.
Also, systemize; especially British, systematise.
Origin of systematize
1755-65; < Greek systēmat- (stem of sýstēma) system + -ize
Related forms
systematization, noun
systematizer, noun
nonsystematized, adjective
oversystematize, verb (used with object), oversystematized, oversystematizing.
quasi-systematized, adjective
resystematization, noun
resystematize, verb (used with object), resystematized, resystematizing.
unsystematized, adjective
unsystematizing, adjective
well-systematized, adjective
organize, order, articulate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for systematization
Historical Examples
  • This systematization, however, has not yet assumed final shape.

  • My object here is simply to project the draught of a systematization of cetology.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • Simplification and systematization are required, and these call for reflection.

  • But so does all science emanate from the demand of our reason for systematization.

  • The citron group of the genus perhaps more than any other shows the need of further study and systematization of the entire genus.

  • The fons errorum in M. Comte's later speculations is this inordinate demand for "unity" and "systematization."

    August Comte and Positivism John-Stuart Mill
  • "Unity" and "systematization" absolutely demanded that all other people should model themselves after M. Comte.

    August Comte and Positivism John-Stuart Mill
  • Moreover, systematization is never so complete that it effaces all the earlier state of things.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
  • With the coming of the new methods of book reproduction came the recognized need for standardization and systematization.

    Punctuation Frederick W. Hamilton
  • Number of connections is an aid to memory--but systematization among these connections is an added help.

    How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for systematization


(transitive) to arrange in a system
Derived Forms
systematization, systematisation, systemization, systemisation, noun
systematizer, systematiser, systemizer, systemiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for systematization



1760s, from system (Greek stem systemat-) + -ize. Related: Systematized; systematizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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