From operational + -ize.
operationalize (third-person singular simple present operationalizes, present participle operationalizing, simple past and past participle operationalized)
- (transitive) To make operational.
- (transitive, social sciences) To define (a concept) in such a way that it can be practically measured.
- 1956, Ernest Greenwood, "New Directions in Delinquency Research: A Commentary on a Study by Bernard Lander," Social Service Review, vol. 30, no. 2, p. 152:
- To operationalize a concept is to identify those variables in terms of which the phenomenon represented by the concept can be accurately observed.
- 2012, Adam Zeman, ‘Only Connect’, Literary Review, issue 399:
- Vision seems ‘childishly simple’ to us but proves to be fiendishly hard to operationalise, precisely because we are so good at it.
Terms derived from "operationalize"