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

One source said there’s strong internal belief another move will be finalized. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls rescind qualifying offer to David Nwaba, making him an unrestricted free agent," 12 July 2018 The retailer has nearly finalized a deal to take over a 30,000 square foot space in New York City's Herald Square. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Hamelys, the Cult Favorite British Toy Store, Is Finally Coming to the US," 12 Dec. 2018 In 2003, the agency finalized an agreement with Imperial Irrigation District for water transfers on the Colorado River. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "San Diego's efforts to divest from rival L.A. water agency have driven up rates for residents. Is it worth it?," 1 July 2018 Cohen and Kim haven’t yet finalized the specifics on the next edition of Special Delivery, but there will be more to come, so keep your eyes (and ears) peeled. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "A New Invite-Only Chinatown Dinner Party For Musicians Aims to Bring Back New York When It Used to Be Cool," 18 June 2018 The Children and Grandchildren of George R. Brown, who passed away on May 31, 2018 have finalized arrangements for a memorial service. Hartford Courant,, "George R. Brown," 17 June 2018 At least $250 million, according to a report published by tech news website The Information, which says the two companies have agreed to the terms of the deal but not finalized it. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Bicycling / News / Technology Lyft to buy company that operates Divvy for $250 million, report says," 6 June 2018 Head coaches and athletic directors finalized the plan — which ESPN analyst Mark Adams brought forth in January — during the league’s spring meetings in Destin, Florida. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "UTSA, C-USA basketball aiming to improve NCAA tourney chances," 30 May 2018 Earlier this month, Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, finalized a divorce settlement with ex Isaiah Silva. Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "Frances Bean Cobain’s Divorce and the Increasingly Strange Saga of Kurt Cobain’s Unplugged Guitar," 30 May 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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