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

The exact route of the ride has not been finalized at this writing, but past rides have passed through the Marigny and French Quarter before returning the start. Doug Maccash,, "Eye-popping World Naked Bike Ride 2019 raises awareness, June 8," 5 June 2019 The person requested anonymity because the contract has not been finalized. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Five helpful hints for would-be NHL traders during the Stanley Cup Final," 4 June 2019 The schedule has been finalized for the annual Fairfax summer basketball tournament that begins on June 24 and ends with the championship game on June 29. Eric Sondheimer,, "Fairfax summer basketball tournament schedule is finalized," 3 June 2019 The settlement was announced on the same day that U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles had scheduled a hearing on why the deal supposedly struck in November hadn’t been finalized by the Justice Department. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "Duke University pays $112M to settle faked-research lawsuit," 25 Mar. 2019 If negotiations prove successful, a deal could be announced sometime this coming week, though nothing has been finalized. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Logitech reportedly wants to buy Plantronics for over $2 billion," 24 Nov. 2018 The public charge changes haven’t been finalized yet. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Study suggests Trump is scaring immigrant families off food stamps," 15 Nov. 2018 Oak Brook village manager Rick Ginex said there has been some discussion about a possible rate increase from Republic Services, but nothing has been finalized. Chuck Fieldman,, "Chinese ban may lead to recycling cost increase for some towns," 9 July 2018 Boles said the goal is to get the BC39 on TV, but nothing has been finalized. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "$15,000 USAC midget race, named for Bryan Clauson, kicks off NASCAR Brickyard 400," 26 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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