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formalize

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verb for·mal·ize \ˈfȯr-mə-ˌlīz\

Simple Definition of formalize

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

Full Definition of formalize

for·mal·izedfor·mal·iz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a certain or definite form to :  shape

  3. 2 a :  to make formal b :  to give formal status or approval to

for·mal·iz·able play \-ˌlī-zə-bəl\ adjective
for·mal·i·za·tion play \ˌfȯr-mə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
for·mal·iz·er play \ˈfȯr-mə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of formalize

  1. The company has formalized its hiring practices.

  2. Congress formalized the policy by making it law.



1646

First Known Use of formalize

1646



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