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formalize

or (especially British) formalise

[fawr-muh-lahyz] /ˈfɔr məˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), formalized, formalizing.
1.
to make formal, especially for the sake of official or authorized acceptance:
to formalize an understanding by drawing up a legal contract.
2.
to give a definite form or shape to.
3.
to state or restate (the rules or implied rules of a grammar or the like) in symbolic form.
Origin of formalize
1590-1600
1590-1600; formal1 + -ize
Related forms
formalization, noun
formalizer, noun
overformalize, verb, overformalized, overformalizing.
unformalized, adjective
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  • The formalization of family life in marriage contracts was stimulated by writing.

  • The formalization of an art course given to the general student, kills the live material and leaves the student himself cold.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
British Dictionary definitions for formalization

formalize

/ˈfɔːməˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to be or make formal
2.
(transitive) to make official or valid
3.
(transitive) to give a definite shape or form to
4.
(logic) to extract the logical form of (an expression), to express in the symbols of some formal system
Derived Forms
formalization, formalisation, noun
formalizer, formaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for formalization

formalize

v.

1590s, from formal + -ize. Related: Formalized; formalizing.

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