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[fawr-muh-lahyz] /ˈfɔr məˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), formalized, formalizing.
to make formal, especially for the sake of official or authorized acceptance:
to formalize an understanding by drawing up a legal contract.
to give a definite form or shape to.
to state or restate (the rules or implied rules of a grammar or the like) in symbolic form.
Origin of formalize
1590-1600; formal1 + -ize
Related forms
formalization, noun
formalizer, noun
overformalize, verb, overformalized, overformalizing.
unformalized, adjective Unabridged
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  • But this priest was standing in the corridor and was rather insistent that he formalize some prayers at that point.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • "formalize our mating as soon as she is able to get out of bed," Kennon replied.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • Yet strangely and unexpectedly the attempt to formalize his faith almost shook his faith out of him again.

    The Devil's Garden W. B. Maxwell
British Dictionary definitions for formalize


to be or make formal
(transitive) to make official or valid
(transitive) to give a definite shape or form to
(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 formalize

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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