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English definition of “rationalize”

rationalize

verb ( also UK -ise)     /ˈræʃənəlaɪz/
FIND REASONS [I, T] to try to find reasons to explain your behaviour or emotions: I can't rationalize the way I feel towards him.Thinking and contemplatingReasons and explanations
ORGANIZE [T] mainly UK to improve the way a business is organized, usually by getting rid of peopleFiring staff and being firedEfficient and effectiveMaking things betterBecoming better
rationalization ( also UK -isation)     /ˌræʃənəlaɪˈzeɪʃən/ noun [C, U]
(Definition of rationalize verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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