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 for rationalize
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rationalize \Ra"tion*al*ize\ (r[a^]sh"[u^]n*al*[imac]z), v. t.
     1. To make rational; also, to convert to rationalism.
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     2. To interpret in the manner of a rationalist.
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     3. To form a rational conception of.
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     4. (Alg.) To render rational; to free from radical signs or
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rationalize \Ra"tion*al*ize\, v. i.
     To use, and rely on, reason in forming a theory, belief,
     etc., especially in matters of religion: to accord with the
     principles of rationalism.
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           Theodore . . . is justly considered the chief
           rationalizing doctor of antiquity.       --J. H.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by
           reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy
           behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success" [syn:
           apologize, apologise, excuse, justify,
           rationalize, rationalise]
      2: weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; "We had to lose
         weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet" [syn: cut,
         prune, rationalize, rationalise]
      3: structure and run according to rational or scientific
         principles in order to achieve desired results; "We
         rationalized the factory's production and raised profits"
         [syn: rationalize, rationalise]
      4: think rationally; employ logic or reason; "When one wonders
         why one is doing certain things, one should rationalize"
         [syn: rationalize, rationalise]
      5: remove irrational quantities from; "This function can be
         rationalized" [syn: rationalize, rationalise]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  117 Moby Thesaurus words for "rationalize":
     account, account for, adjust, allegorize, analyze, apply reason,
     argue insincerely, arrange, calculate, cast, chart, clarify, clear,
     clear up, codify, concert, contrive, coordinate, crack,
     cry sour grapes, cut out, decipher, deduce, demonstrate,
     demythologize, design, destigmatize, devise, distort,
     do justice to, elucidate, enlighten, euhemerize, exculpate, excuse,
     exemplify, explain, explain away, explicate, exposit, expound,
     figure, fix, forecast, frame, generalize, give reason for,
     give the meaning, harmonize, hypothesize, illuminate, illustrate,
     infer, intellectualize, intend, justify, lay plans, logicalize,
     logicize, make a projection, make arrangements, make clear,
     make plain, methodize, misapply, normalize, organize, paralogize,
     pervert, philosophize, plan, plan ahead, popularize, prearrange,
     program, project, provide a rationale, purge, reason, reason ill,
     reason out, regularize, regulate, rehabilitate, reinstate, restore,
     routinize, schedule, schematize, set up, settle, shape,
     shed light upon, show, show how, show the way, simplify, solve,
     spell out, standardize, syllogize, synchronize, synthesize,
     systematize, theorize, think through, throw light upon, tune,
     tune up, unfold, unlock, unravel, use reason, vindicate, warrant,
     work out, work up

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