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



    (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 Originlate 16th cent.: from formal + -ize partly influenced by French formaliser.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: formalize