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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But during their brief and laughing existence they serve to normalize society.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • 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.

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

    Rambles in Brittany Francis Miltoun
British Dictionary definitions for normalize


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for normalize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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