Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make normal, especially to cause to conform to a standard or norm: normalize a patient's temperature; normalizing relations with a former enemy nation.
  • transitive v. To make (a text or language) regular and consistent, especially with respect to spelling or style.
  • transitive v. To remove strains and reduce coarse crystalline structures in (metal), especially by heating and cooling.
  • intransitive v. To become or return to normal: waiting for diplomatic relations to normalize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make normal, to make standard.
  • v. To format in a standardized manner, to make consistent.
  • v. (statistics) To reduce to variations by excluding irrelevant aspects.
  • v. To return a set of points (switches) to the normal position.
  • v. To return to the normal position from the reverse position.
  • v. (computing, database) To subject to normalization; to eliminate redundancy in (a model for storing data).
  • v. (mathematics) To divide a vector by its magnitude to produce a unit vector.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To make normal.
  • v. To make standard; determine the value by comparison to an item of known standard value.
  • v. To convert to a standard form or measure; adjust the value or values so as to conform to a standard measure or pattern.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render normal; reduce to a standard; cause to conform to a standard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become normal or return to its normal state
  • v. make normal or cause to conform to a norm or standard
  • v. bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling

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Examples

  • Gilead spokeswoman Cara Miller said in an e-mail the project is in keeping with the company's efforts to "normalize" testing in "traditional and non-traditional settings, and help empower local leaders to effectively communicate to their communities the value of knowing one's HIV status."

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  • It's part of an effort to "normalize" people's attitudes toward testing, said Angela Fulwood Wood, an official with Family and Medical Counseling Service, a Southeast non-profit group that already tests about 5,000 D.C. residents a year.

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  • AgencySpy points out that although the Monitor claims to "normalize" data, it doesn't explain how their mathematical model differentiates between promotional content and genuine buzz, and mentions that internet presence might include rather arbitrary metrics like YouTube hits.

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  • And now that you bring up the Allman Brothers Band, maybe I'd "normalize" if just quit listening to that stuff ...

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  • They suggested pandemonium, isolated acts of extremist political violence and regimes struggling to 'normalize' the situation.

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  • Central-bank officials have repeatedly said they want to " normalize " the easy-credit policies that have led to a lending boom of historic proportions.

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  • And being mad because the other side was simply more organized, and I'm sorry, but actually had the moral high ground on this issue, isn't going to help "normalize" the gay faction into society any quicker.

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  • The bank likely felt it needed to " normalize " rates that were still near their crisis-level lows, Park said.

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  • The central bank later said the move was aimed at containing expectations of inflation and a frothy property market, and that it plans to continue to gradually " normalize " monetary policy from the extremely loose settings adopted during the crisis.

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  • Mormonism is seriously trying to "normalize" itself in the way it is perceived by Christians and the culture in general.

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