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rationalize

美国发音:['ræʃ(ə)nə.laɪz]
英国发音:['ræʃ(ə)nəlaɪz]

[v]
英语解释:to attempt to justify behavior normally considered irrational or unacceptable by offering an apparently reasonable explanation
常见翻译:使合理,合理化

justify a decision, a belief, etc.
When you rationalize your action, you try to invent a reason or explain it so that it appears to be right, at least not as bad as others think. You rationalize a thought if you find or try to find a logical reason to explain it. In short you justify it.