rationalize ra‧tion‧al‧ize [ˈræʆnəlaɪz] also rationalise verb [intransitive, transitive] COMMERCE
to make a business or organization more effective by getting rid of unnecessary staff, equipment etc, or reorganizing its structure:

• The company has been taking steps to rationalize its printing operations.

— rationalization also rationalisation noun [countable, uncountable] :

• We shall press ahead with our rationalization and cost-reduction program.

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rationalize UK US (UK usually rationalise) /ˈræʃənəlaɪz/ verb [I or T]
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 (UK usually rationalisation) /ˌræʃənəlɪˈzeɪʃən/ noun [C or U]

The rationalization of the tariff structure was aimed at promoting exports of local products.


the reorganization and rationalization of the company's overseas operations

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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