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Rationalize Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
  • remove irrational quantities from; "This function can be rationalized"
  • think rationally; employ logic or reason; "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
  • defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child''s seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
  • structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results; "We rationalized the factory''s production and raised profits"

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'Rationalize' example sentence in quotations

* As an atheist you have to rationalize things... Then you have to try and make some sort of sense out of your problems. And if you try and find you can't, you have no choice but to be good and scared -- but that's okay - Billy Joel

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  • Fresh & Easy discloses plans to rationalize store base
    Amid reports Fresh & Easy plans to close 50 stores of its 200 stores, the company said Sunday it plans to rationalize its store base and divest locations “that do not meet the criteria of Fresh & Easy’s model of modern convenience.” read more Read more on this news related to 'Rationalize'
  • Jenkins: College sports don’t have to be hypocrisies; here’s how to fix them
    College sports don?t have to be hypocrisies fans are forced to rationalize; here?s how to fix them. Read more on this news related to 'Rationalize'
  • For ConAgra, a Breakup Would Rationalize an Oddly Mixed Pantry
    NEW YORK (The Deal) -- ConAgra Foods , one of the world's largest food processors with nearly $18 billion in annual revenue, appears ripe for a split-up. Industry watchers say the company's unwieldy portfolio of brands and businesses no longer belongs under a single corporate umbrella. On Dec. 18, the Omaha, Neb.-based food conglomerate said that consumer Read more on this news related to 'Rationalize'

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