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

One involved legislation to end years of litigation and help finalize a settlement agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho. Keith Ridler, The Seattle Times, "Idaho Legislature wraps up session that ends with acrimony," 11 Apr. 2019 Holmes and Foxx first sparked romance rumors in 2013, a year after the actress finalized her divorce from Tom Cruise (father to Suri), E! Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx Had a Rare PDA Moment on an Outing with His Daughter," 11 Apr. 2019 Members of the state Assembly and Senate held a rare Sunday session to vote on the budget bills, some of which weren’t finalized before voting began. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "New York City Set to Get First Congestion Pricing System in Country," 31 Mar. 2019 News confirmed Kanye's $14 million purchase, which should be finalized in the new year. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Kanye West Surprised Kim Kardashian With A Miami Condo For Christmas," 29 Dec. 2018 The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss early planning estimates that haven't been finalized or released publicly. Anne Flaherty, Fox News, "How Trump's big military parade evaporated into thin air," 17 Aug. 2018 At practice Saturday morning in the adjacent Cox Pavilion, the Bulls remained mum on LaVine’s deal, which has not been finalized. Malika Andrews,, "Fred Hoiberg lays out Summer League blueprint for Bulls rookies ahead of Saturday's opener," 7 July 2018 Because of the Dwight Howard trade to the Brooklyn Nets, which cannot be finalized until July 6, the Hornets will have some salary cap space — roughly $8.6 million thanks to the mid-level exemption — to sign another player. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Hornets' Devonte' Graham got his NC homecoming. Now? Prove he's more than feel-good story.," 22 June 2018 Mari was representing Radfords’s wife, Cindy, in the couple’s divorce proceedings, which were finalized less than two hours before the shooting. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Funeral set for prominent attorney killed at law office," 22 June 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 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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