fi·​nal·​ize | \ˈfī-nə-ˌlīz \
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 \ 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

To speed things along, the Pentagon adopted a procurement process known as concurrency, in which airplanes would be built before the design was finalized. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Pentagon Agrees to Fix the F-35's Many Problems Before Full Production," 6 June 2018 Faber expects to be able to announce that a procurement platform has been finalized by the end of the year. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate Mayors: The impact a year after the U.S. left the Paris agreement," 30 May 2018 January 2018: Christina and Tarek's divorce was finalized. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Why Did Christina and Tarek El Moussa Get Divorced?," 23 May 2018 If Democrats win the House this fall, expect Mueller’s investigation to be finalized by spring of 2019. Jason Johnson, The Root, "It’s Been a Year Already: So What Actually Happens if Trump Fires Mueller?," 17 May 2018 Ramos’ tentative plea deal would be finalized after the Jones case concludes, the judge said. Clifford Ward, Wheaton Glen Ellyn, "Tentative plea deal struck with South Elgin man in kidnapping, robbery of Wheaton College student," 23 Apr. 2018 South Alabama's 2018-19 schedule won't be released for several months, but at least one major opponent on the schedule has been finalized. Creg Stephenson,, "South Alabama basketball coach Richie Riley on staff, recruiting, Auburn series & Final Four dreams," 12 Apr. 2018 The deal was announced Monday after negotiations between the various stakeholders were finalized. Stuart Pimm, National Geographic, "Tiny Gold Monkeys and Pumas Are Getting Their Own Highway," 10 Apr. 2018 Next steps include finalizing any of the plan's remaining items. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cedarburg School District scales down facilities plans to $59 million," 3 July 2018

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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 \
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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