Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To make normal, especially to cause to conform to a standard or norm.
  • intransitive verb To make (a text or language) regular and consistent, especially with respect to spelling or style.
  • intransitive verb To remove strains and reduce coarse crystalline structures in (metal), especially by heating and cooling.
  • intransitive verb To become or return to normal.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

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Examples

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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."

    D.C. brings HIV testing to a captive audience at the DMV

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

    On Tracking and Losing Game

  • 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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  • 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."

    D.C. brings HIV testing to a captive audience at the DMV

  • 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."

    D.C. brings HIV testing to a captive audience at the DMV

  • 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."

    D.C. brings HIV testing to a captive audience at the DMV

  • 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.

    Buzzworthy Schools: Which Universities Have The Largest Internet Presence?

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

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