fi·​nal·​ize | \ ˈfī-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce finalize (audio) \
finalized; finalizing

Definition of finalize

transitive verb

1 : to put in final or finished form soon my conclusion will be finalized— D. D. Eisenhower
2 : to give final approval to finalizing the papers prepared … by his staffNewsweek

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Other Words from finalize

finalization \ ˌfī-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce finalization (audio) \ noun

Usage of Finalize

Finalize has been frequently castigated as an unnecessary neologism or as U.S. government gobbledygook. It appears to have first gained currency in Australia (where it has been acceptable all along) in the early 1920s. The U.S. Navy picked it up in the late 20s, and from there it came into widespread use. It is a standard formation (see -ize). Currently, it is most frequently used in government and business dealings; it usually is not found in belles-lettres.

Examples of finalize in a Sentence

They are finalizing their divorce this week. We bought our tickets and finalized our vacation plans.

Recent Examples on the Web

Alaska's Republican governor called the session so lawmakers can finalize this year's payout to residents from the state's oil wealth fund. Author: Mark Thiessen, Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska lawmakers weigh Dunleavy’s call for a special session in Wasilla," 20 June 2019 Alaska’s Republican governor called the session so lawmakers can finalize this year’s payout to residents from the state’s oil wealth fund, a politically divisive issue that has been simmering for years and is nearing a boiling point. Washington Post, "New special session venue has some Alaska lawmakers wary," 20 June 2019 The City Council is expected to adopt and finalize the budget at its June 25 meeting. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon takes first look at 2019-20 budget," 19 June 2019 All signs are pointing towards Anthony Davis not waiving his trade kicker, and the Lakers and Pelicans finalizing this trade on July 6. Matt Goul,, "NBA Draft 2019 rumors, news: Kawhi Leonard not joining LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Los Angeles Lakers," 18 June 2019 The comparison comes as cities finalize budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "What metro Phoenix city spends the most per resident? See how your city ranks," 18 June 2019 The Leeds City Council signed off on the proposal last night, which finalized the deal for Buc-ee’s second Alabama location. Howard Koplowitz |,, "Buc-ee’s scheduled to break ground on second Alabama location next week in Leeds," 18 June 2019 Lonzo and LiAngelo Ball were with their dad watching LaMelo Ball’s game when the Lakers finalized the deal to send Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round draft picks (including the No. Cindy Boren, The Denver Post, "LaVar Ball “guarantees” Lakers will never win another title after trading Lonzo Ball," 16 June 2019 Chuck Coolen, head of marketing for McDonald's in Eastern Canada, said the company and the Raptors finalized a sponsorship deal 18 days before Demar DeRozan was traded for Kawhi Leonard last summer. Emily Caron,, "Raptors' NBA Finals Run Has Cost McDonald's Millions in Free French Fries," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of finalize

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for finalize

final entry 1 + -ize

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English Language Learners Definition of finalize

: to put (something, such as a plan or an agreement) in a final or finished form


fi·​nal·​ize | \ ˈfī-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce finalize (audio) \
finalized; finalizing

Kids Definition of finalize

: to put in a final or finished form … Hermione ushered them out of the hall to finalize their plans for the evening.— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets

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