Dictionary

formalize

verb for·mal·ize \ˈfr-mə-ˌlīz\

: to make (something) formal : to give proper or official form to (something)

for·mal·izedfor·mal·iz·ing

Full Definition of FORMALIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to give a certain or definite form to :  shape
2
a :  to make formal
b :  to give formal status or approval to
for·mal·iz·able \-ˌlī-zə-bəl\ adjective
for·mal·i·za·tion \ˌfr-mə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
for·mal·iz·er \ˈfr-mə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of FORMALIZE

  1. The company has formalized its hiring practices.
  2. Congress formalized the policy by making it law.

First Known Use of FORMALIZE

1646

Browse

2 ENTRIES FOUND:
Next Word in the Dictionary: formal logicPrevious Word in the Dictionary: formalityAll Words Near: formalize
May 24, 2015
erudite Hear it
learned or pedantic
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears