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Definition 1: weed out unwanted or unnecessary things - [verb of change]

Samples where rationalize or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet

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(rationalize is a kind of ...) terminate, end, or take out

"Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics" "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs" "eliminate my debts"

Definition 2: remove irrational quantities from - [verb of change]

Samples where rationalize or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This function can be rationalized

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(rationalize is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(rationalize belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

Definition 3: think rationally; employ logic or reason - [verb of cognition]

Samples where rationalize or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize

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(rationalize is a kind of ...) use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

"I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"

Definition 4: defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning - [verb of communication]

Samples where rationalize or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior
  • he rationalized his lack of success

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(rationalize is a kind of ...) argue or speak in defense of

"She supported the motion to strike"

(... is a kind of rationalize ) give a deceptive explanation or excuse for

"color a lie"

(... is a kind of rationalize ) offer as an excuse or plea

"She was pleading insanity"

(... is a kind of rationalize ) lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

"The circumstances extenuate the crime"

Definition 5: structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results - [verb of possession]

Samples where rationalize or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits

Synonyms for rationalize in the sense of this definition

(rationalize is a kind of ...) cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea

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