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[fahyn-l-ahyz] /ˈfaɪn lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), finalized, finalizing.
to put into final form; complete all the details of.
verb (used without object), finalized, finalizing.
to complete an agreement; conclude negotiations:
We should finalize by the end of the week.
Also, especially British, finalise.
Origin of finalize
1920-25; final + -ize
Related forms
finalization, noun
finalizer, noun
unfinalized, adjective
Usage note
See -ize. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for finalize
  • Even near the coup, there was this military reshuffle, where he tried to finalize his power grip in the military.
  • Review the latest program and finalize your choices for each day.
  • As regulators finalize the regulatory framework, they can learn from commonly accepted medical principles.
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  • Despite the breakdown, neither party seems willing to finalize a split.
  • With final deadlines for many college applications approaching, many students are scrambling to finalize their packages.
  • Metro, counties finalize votes on urban and rural reserves.
  • Users should anticipate changes in future reports as reporting agencies finalize data.
  • The purpose of the planning conference was to review and finalize all details and requirements for the exercise.
British Dictionary definitions for finalize


(transitive) to put into final form; settle: to finalize plans for the merger
(intransitive) to complete arrangements or negotiations; reach agreement on a transaction
Derived Forms
finalization, finalisation, noun
Usage note
Although finalize has been in widespread use for some time, many speakers and writers still prefer to use complete, conclude, or make final, esp in formal contexts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for finalize

1850, from final + -ize. Related: Finalized; finalizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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