Definition of formalize
formalizableplay \ˈfȯr-mə-ˌlī-zə-bəl\ adjective
formalizationplay \ˌfȯr-mə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
formalizerplay \ˈfȯr-mə-ˌlī-zər\ noun
Examples of formalize in a Sentence
The company has formalized its hiring practices.
Congress formalized the policy by making it law.
Recent Examples of formalize from the Web
Such tools formalize techniques that have proved effective, according to former ESA program manager Alan Thirkettle, who oversaw the development of the European ISS components.
The filibuster rule -- which was formalized in 1917 but not used until 1919 to break a filibuster on the Treaty of Versailles(!) -- was to further the distinction between Senate and House.
British officers promised them an independent nation; instead, Karen territory was formalized into one of the seven ethnic states included in the Union of Burma (today called Myanmar).
As players delve deeper into the game, however, these alliances tend to become formalized through the creation of guilds.
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Definition of formalize for English Language Learners
: to make (something) formal : to give proper or official form to (something)
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