Translation of "rationalize" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb UK usually rationalise uk /ˈræʃ.ən.əl.aɪz/ us

to try to find reasons to explain your behaviour, decisions, etc.

She rationalized the cost by saying that an expensive carpet would last longer than a cheaper one.

to make a company, way of working, etc. more effective, usually by combining or stopping particular activities, or (of a company, way of working, etc.) to become more effective in this way

We rationalized the production system so that one operator could control all three machines.
The recession is forcing the company to rationalize.
rationalization noun UK usually rationalisation uk /ˌræʃ.ən.əl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us /-əˈ-/

This is just a convenient rationalization for something you wanted to do anyway.

(Translation of “rationalize” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)