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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for regularise

Historical Examples of regularise

  • 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.


    H. G. Wells

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


    (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



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



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

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