Definition of formalize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    formalize

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈfɔrməˌlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they formalize
     
    he / she / it formalizes
     
    past simple formalized
     
    -ing form formalizing
     
     
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  1. 1formalize something to make an arrangement, a plan, or a relationship official They decided to formalize their relationship by getting married.
  2. 2formalize something to give something a fixed structure or form by introducing rules The college has a highly formalized system of assessment.
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NAmE//ˌfɔrmələˈzeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
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