Definition of operationalize in US English:

operationalize

verb

[with object]
  • 1Put into operation or use.

    • ‘Our information is that there is existing legislation in place, but which has not been fully operationalised, because of dissatisfaction with some of its provisions.’
    • ‘Hence, the origin story shifted to specifically Christian themes, typified by Afonso's burying his mother and operationalized by the founding of the Order of Christ.’
    • ‘More importantly, social or cultural processes like gendered violence are complex to operationalize quantitatively via questionnaires and are difficult to measure with quantitative precision.’
    • ‘In this paper, we have operationalized sexual desire in the terms of cognitive events (sexual thoughts, sexual fantasies).’
    • ‘Structural, strategic and other brief, symptom-focused therapies have also been operationalized without much difficulty.’
    • ‘Reagan operationalized the virtual in postmodern politics.’
    • ‘In this study, the theoretical distinction between the interpersonal and organizational domains of communication was difficult to operationalize.’
    • ‘These are difficult phenomena to operationalise and measure, and the procedure for participants was lengthy and exacting.’
    • ‘Caring behaviors in the context of health must be operationalized in order to be incorporated, a difficult task at best.’
    • ‘The Commission will be operationalized in the next few weeks.’
    • ‘I hope so, for I've already begun discussions about operationalizing my Dream.’
    • ‘He started the trend of elevating buddies and fellow travellers when he operationalised Prasar Bharati in 1997, even amending the Act by ordinance to enable an overage person of his government's choice to become the CEO.’
    • ‘It will be operationalised through a separate agreement between the Exim Bank of India and Myanmar Foreign Trade Bank.’
    • ‘The problem is that it's much harder to operationalize.’
    • ‘When casual sex was explicitly defined, it was operationalized in a variety of ways.’
    • ‘As indicated in the mid-term Review of November 2003, RBI had constituted a High Powered Committee for operationalising an On-line Tax Accounting System.’
    • ‘While they may be very useful for defining a target market, they are difficult to operationalize because of the absence of data beyond sample surveys.’
    • ‘This study uses the same measure and operationalizes crime levels in terms of violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants.’
    • ‘Social conservatives are most certainly a part of the winning Republican majority and their interests and concerns must be respected and operationalized consistently with preserving the coalition.’
    • ‘Or you have to strategise and implement, establishing key teams that can operationalise according to the needs of all stakeholders.’
  • 2Philosophy
    Express or define (something) in terms of the operations used to determine or prove it.

    • ‘By operationalizing Godel and set theory, Badiou's rationalism makes no concessions at all to the worldly or to the empirical.’

Pronunciation

operationalize

/ˌäpəˈrāSHənlˌīz/