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Meaning & Definition of Rationalize in English

English

Rationalize

/ræʃənəlaɪz/

verb

1. Defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

  • "Rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"
  • "He rationalized his lack of success"
    synonym:
  • apologize
  • ,
  • apologise
  • ,
  • excuse
  • ,
  • justify
  • ,
  • rationalize
  • ,
  • rationalise

2. Weed out unwanted or unnecessary things

  • "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
    synonym:
  • cut
  • ,
  • prune
  • ,
  • rationalize
  • ,
  • rationalise

3. Structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results

  • "We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits"
    synonym:
  • rationalize
  • ,
  • rationalise

4. Think rationally

  • Employ logic or reason
  • "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
    synonym:
  • rationalize
  • ,
  • rationalise

5. Remove irrational quantities from

  • "This function can be rationalized"
    synonym:
  • rationalize
  • ,
  • rationalise