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English verb: rationalise

1. rationalise (possession) structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results


SamplesWe rationalized the factory's production and raised profits.


Synonymsrationalize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)organise, organize

2. rationalise (communication) defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning


SamplesRationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior.
He rationalized his lack of success.


Synonymsapologise, apologize, excuse, justify, rationalize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)defend, fend for, support


Narrower (hyponym)color, colour, extenuate, gloss, mitigate, palliate, plead

3. rationalise (cognition) think rationally; employ logic or reason


SamplesWhen one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize.


Synonymsrationalize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)cerebrate, cogitate, think

4. rationalise (change) remove irrational quantities from


SamplesThis function can be rationalized.


Synonymsrationalize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

5. rationalise (change) weed out unwanted or unnecessary things


SamplesWe had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet.


Synonymscut, prune, rationalize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)do away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of









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