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[sis-tuh-muh-tahyz] /ˈsɪs tə məˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), systematized, systematizing.
to arrange in or according to a system; reduce to a system; make systematic.
Also, systemize; especially British, systematise.
Origin of systematize
1755-65; < Greek systēmat- (stem of sýstēma) system + -ize
Related forms
systematization, noun
systematizer, noun
nonsystematized, adjective
oversystematize, verb (used with object), oversystematized, oversystematizing.
quasi-systematized, adjective
resystematization, noun
resystematize, verb (used with object), resystematized, resystematizing.
unsystematized, adjective
unsystematizing, adjective
well-systematized, adjective
organize, order, articulate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for systematization
Historical Examples
  • But so does all science emanate from the demand of our reason for systematization.

  • My object here is simply to project the draught of a systematization of cetology.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • The separation of force and matter is derived from "the demand of our mind for systematization."

  • The citron group of the genus perhaps more than any other shows the need of further study and systematization of the entire genus.

  • "Unity" and "systematization" absolutely demanded that all other people should model themselves after M. Comte.

    August Comte and Positivism John-Stuart Mill
  • The fons errorum in M. Comte's later speculations is this inordinate demand for "unity" and "systematization."

    August Comte and Positivism John-Stuart Mill
  • Logical sequence, then, makes use of both these facts--both of the systematization of ideas and of the mental attitude.

    How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
  • Moreover, systematization is never so complete that it effaces all the earlier state of things.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
  • This systematization, however, has not yet assumed final shape.

  • With the coming of the new methods of book reproduction came the recognized need for standardization and systematization.

    Punctuation Frederick W. Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for systematization


(transitive) to arrange in a system
Derived Forms
systematization, systematisation, systemization, systemisation, noun
systematizer, systematiser, systemizer, systemiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for systematization



1760s, from system (Greek stem systemat-) + -ize. Related: Systematized; systematizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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