Definition of formalize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    formalize

     verb
    (British English also -ise)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːməlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrməlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they formalize
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːməlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrməlaɪz//
     
    he / she / it formalizes
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːməlaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrməlaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple formalized
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːməlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrməlaɪzd//
     
    past participle formalized
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːməlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrməlaɪzd//
     
    -ing form formalizing
    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːməlaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrməlaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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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.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from formal + -ize partly influenced by French formaliser.
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