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normalize

[nawr-muh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), nor·mal·ized, nor·mal·iz·ing.
  1. to make normal.
  2. to establish or resume (relations) in a normal manner, as between countries.
  3. Metallurgy. to heat (a steel alloy) to a suitable temperature above the transformation range and then to cool in still air at ambient temperature.
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verb (used without object), nor·mal·ized, nor·mal·iz·ing.
  1. to become normal; resume a normal state: Prices soon normalized after the war.
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Also especially British, nor·mal·ise.

Origin of normalize

First recorded in 1860–65; normal + -ize
Related formsnor·mal·i·za·tion, nounde·nor·mal·i·za·tion, nouno·ver·nor·mal·i·za·tion, nouno·ver·nor·mal·ize, verb (used with object), o·ver·nor·mal·ized, o·ver·nor·mal·iz·ing.re·nor·mal·i·za·tion, nounre·nor·mal·ize, verb (used with object), re·nor·mal·ized, re·nor·mal·iz·ing.un·nor·mal·ized, adjectiveun·nor·mal·iz·ing, adjective
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  • But during their brief and laughing existence they serve to normalize society.

  • No attempt has been made to correct or normalize printed botanical names.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • No attempt has been made to correct or normalize the French orthography of the printed book.

    Rambles on the Riviera

    Francis Miltoun

  • No attempt has been made to correct or normalize the printed spelling of French or Italian names or words.

  • Life tends to normalize itself, whatever the given conditions, and she wisely accommodated herself to the inevitable.


British Dictionary definitions for normalize

normalize

normalise

verb (tr)
  1. to bring or make into the normal state
  2. to bring into conformity with a standard
  3. to heat (steel) above a critical temperature and allow it to cool in air to relieve internal stresses; anneal
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for normalize

v.

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

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