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formalize

[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.
Also, especially British, formalise.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; formal1 + -ize
Related forms
formalization, noun
formalizer, noun
overformalize, verb, overformalized, overformalizing.
unformalized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for overformalize

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 overformalize

formalize

v.

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

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