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Verb: rationalize  'ra-shu-nu,lIz
  1. Defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
    "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behaviour"; "he rationalized his lack of success";
    - apologize, apologise [Brit], excuse, justify, rationalise [Brit]
     
  2. Weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
    - cut, prune, rationalise [Brit]
     
  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";
    - rationalise [Brit]
     
  4. Think rationally; employ logic or reason
    "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize";
    - rationalise [Brit]
     
  5. (mathematics) remove irrational quantities from
    "This function can be rationalized";
    - rationalise [Brit]

Derived forms: rationalized, rationalizing, rationalizes

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

Encyclopedia: Rationalize