Dictionary Results for rationalize

1. rationalize - verb

· defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"

Synonym(s): apologize, apologise, excuse, rationalise

Hypernym(s): defend, support, fend_for

2. rationalize - verb

· weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"

Synonym(s): cut, prune, rationalise

Hypernym(s): extinguish, eliminate, get_rid_of, do_away_with

3. rationalize - verb

· structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results; "We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits"

Synonym(s): rationalise

Hypernym(s): organize, organise

4. rationalize - verb

· think rationally; employ logic or reason; "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"

Synonym(s): rationalise

Hypernym(s): think, cogitate, cerebrate

5. rationalize - verb

· remove irrational quantities from; "This function can be rationalized"

Synonym(s): rationalise

Hypernym(s): change, alter, modify

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