HyperDic: rationalize

English > 5 senses of the word rationalize:
VERBcommunicationrationalize, apologize, apologise, excuse, rationalisedefend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
changerationalize, cut, prune, rationaliseweed out unwanted or unnecessary things
possessionrationalize, rationalisestructure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results
cognitionrationalize, rationalisethink rationally
changerationalize, rationaliseremove irrational quantities from
rationalize > pronunciation
Rhymesactualize ... womanize: 266 rhymes with ayz...
English > rationalize: 5 senses > verb 1, communication
Meaningdefend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning.
PatternSomebody ----s something
  • "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"
  • "he rationalized his lack of success"
Synonymsapologize, apologise, excuse, rationalise
Narrowercolor, colour, glossGive a deceptive explanation or excuse for
extenuate, palliate, mitigatelessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
pleadoffer as an excuse or plea
Broaderdefend, support, fend forargue or speak in defense / defense of
Spanishdisculparse, disculpar, excusar, justificar, perdonar, racionalizar
Catalanapologitzar, excusar, justificar, perdonar
Nounsrationalizationthe cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason
English > rationalize: 5 senses > verb 2, change
Meaningweed out unwanted or unnecessary things.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymscut, prune, rationalise
Broaderextinguish, eliminate, get rid of, do away withTerminate, end, or take out
English > rationalize: 5 senses > verb 3, possession
Meaningstructure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits"
Broaderorganize, organiseCause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea
Nounsrationalizationthe organization of a business according to scientific principles of management in order to increase efficiency
English > rationalize: 5 senses > verb 4, cognition
MeaningThink rationally; employ logic or reason.
PatternSomebody ----s
Example"When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
Broaderthink, cogitate, cerebrateUse or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments
Nounsrationalizationsystematic organization
English > rationalize: 5 senses > verb 5, change
MeaningRemove irrational quantities from.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"This function can be rationalized"
Categorymathematics, math, mathsA science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic / logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
Broaderchange, alter, modifyCause to change
Nounsrationalization(mathematics) the simplification of an expression or equation by eliminating radicals without changing the value of the expression or the roots of the equation

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