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ra·tion·al·ize

(răsh′ə-nə-līz′)
v. ra·tion·al·ized, ra·tion·al·iz·ing, ra·tion·al·iz·es
v. tr.
1. To explain rationally: "Philosophy ... is essentially the endeavor of the human mind to rationalize the universe" (Francis E. Abbot).
2.
a. To attempt to justify (one's behavior) by providing reasons that obscure one's actual motives: rationalized cheating on his taxes as being a form of political protest.
b. To dismiss or minimize the significance of (something) by means of an explanation or excuse: "He could not rationalize the loss of some thirty thousand American lives in an unsuccessful war" (Robert Dallek).
3.
a. To make (a business or process, for example) more efficient, as by reducing costs or introducing modern methods.
b. To terminate the employment of (workers) in an effort to improve efficiency.
4. Mathematics To remove radicals, such as from a denominator, without changing the value of (an expression) or roots of (an equation).
v. intr.
1. To think in a rational or rationalistic way.
2. To rationalize one's behavior.

ra′tion·al·iz′er n.

rationalize

(ˈræʃənəˌlaɪz) or

rationalise

vb
1. to justify (one's actions, esp discreditable actions, or beliefs) with plausible reasons, esp after the event
2. (Psychology) psychol to indulge, often unchallenged, in excuses for or explanations of (behaviour about which one feels uncomfortable or guilty)
3. to apply logic or reason to (something)
4. (Commerce) to eliminate unnecessary equipment, personnel, or processes from (a group of businesses, factory, etc), in order to make it more efficient
5. (Mathematics) (tr) maths to eliminate one or more radicals without changing the value of (an expression) or the roots of (an equation)
ˌrationaliˈzation, ˌrationaliˈsation n
ˈrationalˌizer, ˈrationalˌiser n

ra•tion•al•ize

(ˈræʃ ə nlˌaɪz, ˈræʃ nl-)

v. -ized, -iz•ing. v.t.
1. to ascribe (one's actions) to causes that seem reasonable but do not reflect true, unconscious, or less creditable causes.
2. to make conformable to reason.
3. Math. to eliminate radicals from (an equation or expression): to rationalize the denominator of a fraction.
v.i.
4. to invent plausible explanations for actions that are actually based on less acceptable causes.
5. to employ reason.
[1810–20]
ra`tion•al•i•za′tion, n.
ra′tion•al•iz`er, n.

rationalize


Past participle: rationalized
Gerund: rationalizing

Imperative
rationalize
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Present
I rationalize
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we rationalize
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Preterite
I rationalized
you rationalized
he/she/it rationalized
we rationalized
you rationalized
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Present Continuous
I am rationalizing
you are rationalizing
he/she/it is rationalizing
we are rationalizing
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Present Perfect
I have rationalized
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Past Continuous
I was rationalizing
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we were rationalizing
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Past Perfect
I had rationalized
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Future
I will rationalize
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Future Perfect
I will have rationalized
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Future Continuous
I will be rationalizing
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been rationalizing
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been rationalizing
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been rationalizing
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Conditional
I would rationalize
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Past Conditional
I would have rationalized
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.rationalize - defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
colour, gloss, color - give a deceptive explanation or excuse for; "color a lie"
plead - offer as an excuse or plea; "She was pleading insanity"
defend, fend for, support - argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"
extenuate, mitigate, palliate - lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of; "The circumstances extenuate the crime"
2.rationalize - weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
do away with, eliminate, get rid of, extinguish - terminate, end, or take out; "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics"; "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs"; "eliminate my debts"
3.rationalize - structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results; "We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits"
organize, organise - cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea
4.rationalize - think rationally; employ logic or reason; "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
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; "I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"
5.rationalize - remove irrational quantities from; "This function can be rationalized"
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

rationalize

verb
1. justify, excuse, account for, vindicate, explain away, make allowance for, make excuses for, extenuate It's easy to rationalize gambling.
2. reason out, resolve, think through, elucidate, apply logic to an attempt to rationalize my feelings
3. streamline, trim, slim down, make more efficient, make cuts in, make cutbacks in, reduce wastage in They have been unable or unwilling to modernize and rationalize the business.

rationalize

verb
1. To show to be just, right, or valid:
2. To offer reasons for or a cause of:
Translations
järkeistääjärkiperäistäärationaalistaarationalisoida

rationalize

[ˈræʃnəlaɪz] VT
1. [+ ideas etc] → racionalizar
2. (= reorganize) [+ industry etc] → reconvertir, reorganizar
3. (Math) → quitar los radicales a, racionalizar

rationalize

[ˈræʃənəlaɪz] rationalise (British) vt
[+ feelings] → rationaliser; [+ conduct, behaviour] → rationaliser
(British) (COMMERCE) [+ company, industry] → rationaliser

rationalize

vt
event, conduct etcrationalisieren; problemvernünftig sehen or betrachten
(= organize efficiently) industry, production, workrationalisieren
(Math) → in eine rationale Gleichung umändern

rationalize

[ˈræʃnəˌlaɪz] vt
a. (action, attitude) → (cercare di) spiegare razionalmente
b. (reorganize, industry) → razionalizzare
c. (Math) → razionalizzare

rationalize

vt, vi (psych) racionalizar
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