formalize

verb

for·​mal·​ize ˈfȯr-mə-ˌlīz How to pronounce formalize (audio)
formalized; formalizing

transitive verb

1
: to give a certain or definite form to : shape
2
a
: to make formal
b
: to give formal status or approval to
formalizable adjective
formalization noun
formalizer noun

Examples of formalize in a Sentence

The company has formalized its hiring practices. Congress formalized the policy by making it law.
Recent Examples on the Web Washington – The Republican National Convention kicks off Monday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the GOP is set to formalize the nomination of former President Donald Trump just days after an assassination attempt against the former president. Kaia Hubbard, CBS News, 15 July 2024 Democrats spent days haggling over the alternative measure, and it was formalized in legislation Sunday night — in the final hours before the cutoff for lawmakers to draft a measure for the November ballot. Laurel Rosenhall, Los Angeles Times, 3 July 2024 Following two Islamic ceremonies held to formalize the relationship, authorities said the pair were officially married in November 2019 and moved to a home in Perth, Australia, shortly after, ABC News Australia reported. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 1 July 2024 President Biden and Donald Trump both secured their parties’ nominations for the presidency, formalizing a general-election rematch. Jeremy Barr, Washington Post, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for formalize 

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of formalize was in 1646

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“Formalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/formalize. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

formalize

verb
for·​mal·​ize ˈfȯr-mə-ˌlīz How to pronounce formalize (audio)
formalized; formalizing
1
: to make formal
2
: to give formal rank or approval to
formalization noun
formalizer noun

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