|1.||[ verb ] defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning|
|Synonyms:||justify excuse apologise rationalise apologize|
"rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior" "he rationalized his lack of success"
|Related terms:||defend plead extenuate color justification apology rationalization apologist apology justification|
|2.||[ verb ] weed out unwanted or unnecessary things|
|Synonyms:||prune rationalise cut|
"We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
|Related terms:||eliminate reduce restrict cut_out|
|3.||[ verb ] think rationally; employ reason|
"When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
|Related terms:||think systematization|
|4.||[ verb ] structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results|
"We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits"
|Related terms:||organize systematization|
|5.||[ verb ] remove irrational qualities from, as in math|
"This function can be rationalized"
|Related terms:||change mathematics|