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  1. [verb] structure and run according to rational or scientific principles in order to achieve desired results; "We rationalized the factory's production and raised profits"
    Synonyms: rationalize

  2. [verb] defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
    Synonyms: apologize, apologise, excuse, justify, rationalize

  3. [verb] think rationally; employ logic or reason; "When one wonders why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
    Synonyms: rationalize

  4. [verb] remove irrational quantities from; "This function can be rationalized"
    Synonyms: rationalize

  5. [verb] weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
    Synonyms: cut, prune, rationalize


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