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verb [intransitive/transitive] rationalize pronunciation in American English /ˈræʃ(ə)nəˌlaɪz/
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present participlerationalizing
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past participlerationalized
  1. 1
    to try to find a reasonable explanation for behavior that does not seem reasonable or appropriate

    He’s trying to rationalize the way he behaves to women.

  2. 2
    mainly British to make an organization more effective, for example by getting rid of some workers

    We need to rationalize work processes and cut costs.



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