formalize

verb for·mal·ize \ ˈfȯr-mə-ˌlīz \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of formalize

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

play \ˈfȯr-mə-ˌlī-zə-bəl\ adjective

formalization

play \ˌfȯr-mə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

formalizer

play \ˈfȯr-mə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of formalize in a Sentence

  1. The company has formalized its hiring practices.

  2. Congress formalized the policy by making it law.

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First Known Use of formalize

1646


FORMALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

formalize

verb

Definition of formalize for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) formal : to give proper or official form to (something)



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