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rationalizeverb

(UK usually rationalise) uk   /ˈræʃ.ən.əl.aɪz/  us   /ˈræʃ.ən.əl.aɪz/
rationalization
noun [C or U] (UK usually rationalisation) uk   /ˌræʃ.ən.əl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌræʃ.ən.əl.əˈzeɪ.ʃən/
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 economic reforms include abolishing export and import licensing, and rationalizing and reducing import tariffs. Global economic trends have forced many companies to rationalize their operations.
rationalization
noun [C or U] (UK usually rationalisation) /ˌræʃənəlɪˈzeɪʃən/
The rationalization of the tariff structure was aimed at promoting exports of local products. the reorganization and rationalization of the company's overseas operations
(Definition of rationalize from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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