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: Usage Guide

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

Tarek officially filed for divorce in January 2017, and it was finalized a year later, in January 2018. 2. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know Before Watching Tonight's Flip or Flop Season 7 Premiere," 31 May 2018 In January 2017, Tarek officially filed for divorce, and a year later, in January 2018, it was finalized. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Why Did Christina and Tarek El Moussa Get Divorced?," 23 May 2018 Visit the Kentucky Science Center website for a full list of dates when they are finalized for the 2018-2019 school year at Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Science class is cool, but how about a live Q&A with a heart surgeon?," 17 May 2018 It has not been finalized, but has the city’s OK thus far in the process, which needs to finish up before July. Karen Pearlman,, "Santee chooses map for by-district voting," 31 Mar. 2018 Premiums will be finalized in September and open enrollment starts November 1. Tami Luhby, CNN, "Obamacare premiums set to soar in 2019," 7 June 2018 Although the treaty was finalized in 1996, it won’t be enforced until several countries — including the US, China, Iran, and North Korea — ratify it. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Meet the scientists keeping a global watch for nuclear explosions," 9 May 2018 The accord that Pruitt said was finalized in February actually remains unfinished. Anchorage Daily News, "Lobbyist’s role in Scott Pruitt’s $100,000 trip to Morocco raises ethics issues," 2 May 2018 SIU’s board will meet on Monday in Edwardsville to finalize his departure, which is effective July 30. Dawn Rhodes,, "Southern Illinois University president ousted amid swirling controversy," 13 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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