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[nawr-muh-lahyz] /ˈnɔr məˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), normalized, normalizing.
to make normal.
to establish or resume (relations) in a normal manner, as between countries.
Metallurgy. to heat (a steel alloy) to a suitable temperature above the transformation range and then to cool in still air at ambient temperature.
verb (used without object), normalized, normalizing.
to become normal; resume a normal state:
Prices soon normalized after the war.
Also, especially British, normalise.
Origin of normalize
1860-65; normal + -ize
Related forms
normalization, noun
denormalization, noun
overnormalization, noun
overnormalize, verb (used with object), overnormalized, overnormalizing.
renormalization, noun
renormalize, verb (used with object), renormalized, renormalizing.
unnormalized, adjective
unnormalizing, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for normalization
  • In short, causation is not proven by eradication and normalization of disease pathology.
  • Our stay in prison is proof that normalization remains elusive.
  • If we're on the topic of alternatives how about some form of six-sigma normalization of the prices of goods and wages.
  • Shock therapy is based on an abrupt monetary normalization, balanced budget and the stuff.
  • And as their model of growth is unique, their path to normalization will be also be as well.
  • Even more dangerous than the continuing conflict is its normalization.
  • There are some issues with normalization here, but this roughly the idea.
  • normalization is an event, whereas reconciliation is a process.
  • It reinforced the message that the coup was tantamount to normalization, integration.
British Dictionary definitions for normalization


the act or process of normalizing
(social welfare) the policy of offering mentally or physically handicapped people patterns, conditions, and experiences of everyday life as close as possible to those of nonhandicapped people, by not segregating them physically, socially, and administratively from the rest of society


verb (transitive)
to bring or make into the normal state
to bring into conformity with a standard
to heat (steel) above a critical temperature and allow it to cool in air to relieve internal stresses; anneal
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Word Origin and History for normalization

1882, from normalize + -ation. International political sense recorded from 1938.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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