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 of finalize from the Web
If the sale is finalized, Indiana-American would provide about 3,000 Lake Station customers with water from Lake Michigan via its treatment plants in Gary or Ogden Dunes.
That prompted Americans to U-turn their spending habits after finalized EIA data released Wednesday reflected first-quarter consumption slipped 0.4 percent from a year earlier.
After surpassing the goals laid out in a 2020 impact plan, the organization has finalized a new plan, President and CEO Wendy DuBoe said in a statement.
While the details of Monte dei Paschi’s deal are still being finalized, Italian taxpayers are expected to the bear the brunt of the cost.
The official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the decision before the official announcement, said the president and his aides were finalizing the details of a pullout.
Auburn's 2018 schedule was finalized earlier this month.
There remain many governing details of the treaty that have yet to be finalized, too.
Some allies feel that the golden word of the president would finalize the message to Russia and others across the NATO borders.
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First Known Use of finalize
FINALIZE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of finalize for Students
: 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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