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RATIONALIZE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rationalize mean? 

RATIONALIZE (verb)
  The verb RATIONALIZE has 5 senses:

1. defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
2. weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
3. structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results
4. think rationally; employ logic or reason
5. remove irrational quantities from

  Familiarity information: RATIONALIZE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


RATIONALIZE (verb)


Sense 1rationalize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

rationalize; apologise; apologize; rationalise; justify; excuse

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "rationalize" is one way to...):

defend; fend for; support (argue or speak in defense of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "rationalize"):

color; colour; gloss (gloss or excuse)

plead (offer as an excuse or plea)

extenuate; mitigate; palliate (lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2rationalize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Weed out unwanted or unnecessary things

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

prune; rationalize; rationalise; cut

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "rationalize" is one way to...):

do away with; eliminate; get rid of (terminate or take out)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3rationalize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

rationalise; rationalize

Context example:

We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits

Hypernyms (to "rationalize" is one way to...):

organise; organize (cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4rationalize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Think rationally; employ logic or reason

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

rationalise; rationalize

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "rationalize" is one way to...):

cerebrate; cogitate; think (use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 5rationalize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove irrational quantities from

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

rationalise; rationalize

Context example:

This function can be rationalized

Hypernyms (to "rationalize" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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