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 Posting such comments days before Tuesday's primary in Michigan pcould further undermine confidence in results, which Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says could take days to finalize. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Gov. Whitmer blasts President Trump over suggestion to delay election," 30 July 2020 There was a building permit application to submit, design and architectural plans to finalize. Debbie Cenziper, Washington Post, "A Native American tribe plans to build an opioid treatment center, but neighbors have vowed to block it," 18 June 2020 The public can comment on the recommendations until noon Wednesday, the governor’s office announced in a news release, and the state will finalize the rules Thursday. Conrad Swanson, The Denver Post, "Proposed rules would let Colorado pools, playgrounds reopen, recreational sports restart," 1 June 2020 Hockey became the latest sport to finalize a return during a global pandemic after NHL owners and players approved an agreement Friday to resume the season – and with it an assurance of labor peace through September 2026. Stephen Whyno And John Wawrow, The Arizona Republic, "NHL, players approve plan to resume season, extend CBA; Coyotes open camp Monday," 12 July 2020 The Senate, which Republicans control, has yet to finalize its own version of a five-year transportation bill. Washington Post, "Reeling from the loss of gas tax revenue during pandemic, states are deferring billions of dollars of transportation projects," 10 July 2020 Training camps are still scheduled to kick off July 28 although the NFL and NFLPA have yet to finalize all of the protocol related to testing and how teams will handle potential coronavirus breakouts at their facilities. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "NFL, players still at odds over COVID-19 testing, preseason schedule, money," 9 July 2020 CBS News has reported all three women are among those getting a more serious look in recent weeks from Biden's vetting team, which is expected to finalize a shortlist ahead of one-on-one interviews with the former vice president later this month. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democratic Senate candidates raise serious cash," 7 July 2020 The family of the former Milwaukee South football coach planned to finalize his funeral arrangements Monday, but as one of his sons noted, pretty much everything was taken care of by then. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Obituary: Bill Bartholomew crafted a hall of fame career as the football coach at Milwaukee South," 6 July 2020

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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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10 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Finalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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