Definition of normalize in English:


(also normalise)


  • 1Bring or return to a normal or standard condition or state.

    with object ‘the two countries normalized diplomatic relations in 1995’
    no object ‘the situation had normalized’
    • ‘The two countries normalized diplomatic relations in November 1991.’
    • ‘Between 1988 and 1994, China normalized or established diplomatic relations with 18 countries, as well as with the Soviet successor states.’
    • ‘The issue has been a major stumbling block to normalizing diplomatic relations between North Korea and Japan.’
    • ‘Japan and North Korea have held three rounds of talks on normalizing diplomatic relations this year.’
    • ‘During Clinton's two terms, the U.S. lifted its economic embargo against Vietnam in 1995, normalized its diplomatic relations with the country the same year, and reached a bilateral trade agreement in July this year.’
    • ‘He became the first U.S. ambassador to Vietnam in May 1997 after the two countries normalized diplomatic relations in 1995.’
    • ‘Well, our server situation has finally normalized and we have settled in with our new hosting provider.’
    • ‘The January talks, if realized, would be the first round of negotiations on normalizing diplomatic relations since the previous talks were held in October 2002 in Kuala Lumpur.’
    • ‘And the senior Police officer told the Democrat such attacks make a return to normalised policing all the more difficult.’
    • ‘They predict that for February conditions will normalise, and we'll get the usual amount of rain for that month, 90mm.’
    • ‘According to sources, it will take at least a week's time for the situation to normalise.’
    • ‘When Japan and South Korea normalized diplomatic relations in 1965, Tokyo provided Seoul with $500 million, a substantial sum at the time, in grants and loans.’
    • ‘Formal talks for normalizing diplomatic relations have been suspended since October 2002.’
    • ‘The United States has the needed leverage, including through the potential to lift sanctions and normalise diplomatic relations.’
    • ‘Since China normalized its diplomatic relations with Vietnam in 1989, border trade has boomed each year and border residents from Vietnam visit China easily and freely, as long as they return by the end of the day.’
    • ‘The talks were originally meant to focus on normalizing diplomatic relations which would bring Japanese economic aid to North Korea.’
    • ‘Japan and North Korea are scheduled to hold the next round of talks on normalizing diplomatic relations later this month, possibly in Beijing.’
    • ‘If realized, it would be first round of negotiations for normalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries since the previous such talks were held in October 2002 in Kuala Lumpur.’
    • ‘This year alone, the North has normalized diplomatic relations with 12 countries, including Belgium, Canada, Germany and Spain.’
    • ‘The adverse balance has persisted since 1965, when the two countries normalized their diplomatic relations.’
    modify, alter, regulate, tune, fine-tune, calibrate, balance
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  • 2Mathematics
    with object Multiply (a series, function or item of data) by a factor that makes the norm or some associated quantity such as an integral equal to a desired value (usually 1)

    ‘both sets of data have been normalized such that the lowest value is equal to 1’
    • ‘Following convention, quantity terms were normalized using the data means to have mean values of one.’
    • ‘In the analysis reported here, the basis spectra are all weighted equally by normalizing each to a value of 100 at their emission maximum.’
    • ‘Here, threshold values are all normalized to one.’
    • ‘Areas under spectral curves were first normalized to the same value before curves were subtracted.’
    • ‘For this analysis, all residual values were normalized according to the square-root of the line scan intensity and plotted as a function of distance from the nearest Z line.’
    1. 2.1Computing (in floating-point representation) express (a number) in the standard form as regards the position of the radix point, usually immediately following the first non-zero digit.
      adjust, regulate, fix, set, set right, set to rights, standardize, calibrate, fine-tune, make good, put in working order, overhaul
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