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

Definition of formalize

transitive verb

1 : to give a certain or definite form to : shape
2a : to make formal
b : to give formal status or approval to

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Other Words from formalize

formalizable \ ˈfȯr-​mə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce formalizable (audio) \ adjective
formalization \ ˌfȯr-​mə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce formalization (audio) \ noun
formalizer \ ˈfȯr-​mə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce formalizer (audio) \ 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 The Judiciary Committee voted Thursday in favor of a new resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry and further intensifying its investigation into Mr. Trump. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Lewandowski sidesteps questions about Mueller report at House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing," 17 Sep. 2019 In the greater arc of the #MeToo movement, lawyers have lurked in the shadows, unnamed scribes formalizing agreements meant to stay secret. Elizabeth C. Tippett, The Conversation, "Weinstein may be a monster, but the lawyers who enabled him are the real villains in #MeToo takedown ‘She Said’," 12 Sep. 2019 The Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, which was first established by President Bill Clinton in 2000 and later formalized by an act of Congress in 2001, is meant to honor bravery among police officers and firefighters throughout the country. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Trump Honors Police Officers and Civilians in El Paso and Dayton Shootings," 9 Sep. 2019 But on Monday, the U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh filed a notice of intent, formalizing their plans. NBC News, "Federal prosecutors to seek death penalty against Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect," 26 Aug. 2019 The fund will be formalized by September with money available later this year or early next year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Mesa considering ‘enhancement fund’ for village," 18 July 2019 Brown had four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown, just six days after his deal to join New England was formalized. Albert Breer,, "Brees and Big Ben Concerns, the Ryan-Julio Hookup, Dak’s Magic and Poised Josh Allen: Week 2 in the NFL," 16 Sep. 2019 Other council members agreed, and asked that the property owner hold off on development until a better plan can be formalized with input from nearby residents. Dallas News, "Allen council rejects downtown project that was meant to spark growth after residents say its a bad fit," 14 Aug. 2019 When Barbie moved her Malibu Dream House from Sony to Warners late last year, Patty Jenkins was circling as helmer, but nothing was ever formalized. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach to Tackle Margot Robbie-Produced 'Barbie' Movie," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of formalize

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of formalize was in 1646

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English Language Learners Definition of formalize

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

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not being in agreement or harmony

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