finalize

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verb fi·nal·ize \ˈfī-nə-ˌlīz\

Definition of finalize

finalized

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finalizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put in final or finished form soon my conclusion will be finalized — D. D. Eisenhower

  3. 2 :  to give final approval to finalizing the papers prepared … by his staff — Newsweek

finalization

play \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

  1. They are finalizing their divorce this week.

  2. We bought our tickets and finalized our vacation plans.

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First Known Use of finalize

1875


FINALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

finalize

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Definition of finalize for English Language Learners

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


FINALIZE Defined for Kids

finalize

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verb fi·nal·ize \ˈfī-nə-ˌlīz\

Definition of finalize for Students

finalized

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finalizing

  1. :  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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