transitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
- to make rational; make conform to reason
- to explain or interpret on rational grounds
- Chiefly Brit. to apply modern methods of efficiency to (an industry, agriculture, etc.)
- Math. to remove the radical signs from (an expression) without changing the value
- Psychol. to devise superficially rational, or plausible, explanations or excuses for (one's acts, beliefs, desires, etc.), usually without being aware that these are not the real motives
- to think in a rational or rationalistic manner
- to rationalize one's acts, beliefs, etc.