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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

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