overformalize

formalize

[fawr-muh-lahyz]
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.
Also, especially British, formalise.


Origin:
1590–1600; formal1 + -ize

formalization, noun
formalizer, noun
overformalize, verb, overformalized, overformalizing.
unformalized, adjective
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formalize or formalise (ˈfɔːməˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to be or make formal
2.  (tr) to make official or valid
3.  (tr) 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
 
formalise or formalise
 
vb
 
formali'zation or formalise
 
n
 
formali'sation or formalise
 
n
 
'formalizer or formalise
 
n
 
'formaliser or formalise
 
n

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