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rationalizeverb

(UK usually rationalise) uk   us   /ˈræʃ.ən.əl.aɪz/
  • rationalize verb (CHANGE)

[I or T] to make a ​company, way of ​working, etc. more ​effective, usually by ​combining or ​stoppingparticularactivities, or (of a ​company, way of ​working, etc.) to ​become more ​effective in this way: We rationalized the ​productionsystem so that one ​operator could ​control all three ​machines. The ​recession is ​forcing the ​company to rationalize.
rationalization
noun [C or U] (UK usually rationalisation) uk   /ˌræʃ.ən.əl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/  us   /-əˈ-/
This is just a ​convenient rationalization for something you ​wanted to do ​anyway.
(Definition of rationalize from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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rationalizeverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈræʃ·ə·nəlˌɑɪz/
to ​create a ​reason, ​explanation, or ​excuse for something: [T] You can rationalize ​your way out of anything.
rationalization
noun [C/U]  us   /ˌræʃ·ə·nəl·əˈzeɪ·ʃən/
[C] Parents are ​fed up with rationalizations about why ​schools don’t ​work.
(Definition of rationalize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"rationalize" in Business English

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rationalizeverb [I or T]

(UK usually rationalise) uk   us   /ˈræʃənəlaɪz/
WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT to make a ​company, way of ​working, etc. more ​effective, usually by ​combining or ​stopping particular ​activities, or by ​employing fewer ​people: The ​economicreformsincludeabolishingexport and ​importlicensing, and rationalizing and ​reducingimporttariffs. Global ​economictrends have ​forced many ​companies to rationalize their ​operations.
rationalization
noun [C or U] (UK usually rationalisation) /ˌræʃənəlɪˈzeɪʃən/
The rationalization of the ​tariffstructure was ​aimed at ​promotingexports of ​localproducts. the ​reorganization and rationalization of the company's ​overseasoperations
(Definition of rationalize from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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