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verb (used with object), stand·ard·ized, stand·ard·iz·ing.
  1. to bring to or make of an established standard size, weight, quality, strength, or the like: to standardize manufactured parts.
  2. to compare with or test by a standard.
  3. to choose or establish a standard for.
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verb (used without object), stand·ard·ized, stand·ard·iz·ing.
  1. to become standardized.
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Also especially British, stand·ard·ise.

Origin of standardize

First recorded in 1870–75; standard + -ize
Related formsstand·ard·iz·a·ble, adjectivestand·ard·i·za·tion, nounstand·ard·iz·er, nounnon·stand·ard·i·za·tion, nounnon·stand·ard·ized, adjectivepre·stand·ard·i·za·tion, nounpre·stand·ard·ize, verb (used with object), pre·stand·ard·ized, pre·stand·ard·iz·ing.qua·si-stand·ard·ized, adjectivere·stand·ard·i·za·tion, nounre·stand·ard·ize, verb (used with object), re·stand·ard·ized, re·stand·ard·iz·ing.sub·stand·ard·i·za·tion, nounsub·stand·ard·ize, verb (used with object), sub·stand·ard·ized, sub·stand·ard·iz·ing.un·stand·ard·iz·a·ble, adjectiveun·stand·ard·ized, adjective
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Related Words for standardize

institutionalize, systematize, stereotype, assimilate, institute, regiment, order, normalize, homogenize

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Historical Examples of standardize

  • He graded the work of the school and endeavored to standardize instruction.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922


  • Therefore, standardize your files, and interest your officials.

  • The answer is that the manufacturers learned to standardize their product.

    The Age of Big Business

    Burton J. Hendrick

  • It is extremely difficult and complex to standardize an individual.

  • It is comparatively easy and simple to standardize a function.

British Dictionary definitions for standardize



  1. to make or become standard
  2. (tr) to test by or compare with a standard
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Derived Formsstandardization or standardisation, nounstandardizer or standardiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for standardize


1857; see standard + -ize. Related: Standardized; standardizing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

standardize in Medicine


  1. To cause to conform to a standard.
  2. To evaluate by comparing with a standard.
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