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English verb: rationalize

1. rationalize (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, rationalise


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)defend, fend for, support


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

2. rationalize (change) weed out unwanted or unnecessary things


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


Synonymscut, prune, rationalise


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


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

3. rationalize (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.


Synonymsrationalise


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)organise, organize

4. rationalize (cognition) think rationally; employ logic or reason


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


Synonymsrationalise


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)cerebrate, cogitate, think

5. rationalize (change) remove irrational quantities from


SamplesThis function can be rationalized.


Synonymsrationalise


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths









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