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Verb: rationalise  'ra-shu-nu,lIz
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: rationalize)
  1. Structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results
    "We rationalised the factory's production and raised profits";
    - rationalize
     
  2. Defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
    "rationalise the child's seemingly crazy behaviour";
    - apologize, apologise [Brit], excuse, justify, rationalize
     
  3. Think rationally; employ logic or reason
    "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalise";
    - rationalize
     
  4. (mathematics) remove irrational quantities from
    "This function can be rationalised";
    - rationalize
     
  5. Weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
    - cut, prune, rationalize

Derived forms: rationalises, rationalising, rationalised

Type of: alter, cerebrate, change, cogitate, defend, do away with, eliminate, extinguish, fend for, get rid of, modify, organise [Brit], organize, support, think

Encyclopedia: Rationalise