- to put into final form; complete all the details of.
- to complete an agreement; conclude negotiations: We should finalize by the end of the week.
Also especially British, fi·na·lise.
Origin of finalize
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Examples from the Web for finalize
She sought to finalize and formalize the split by filing for divorce in Brooklyn.Threats Preceded High-Rise Suicide, New York Mom Says
December 24, 2013
Several friends of the couple point out that after more than a year and a half, Shriver has yet to finalize her divorce.Is Arnold Schwarzenegger Still Lying?
A. L. Bardach
September 30, 2012
The DSM V committee will not finalize its new diagnostic criteria until December.
“The idea is that this can help the process,” by which the DSM task force will finalize its criteria, McPartland said.
They were simply waiting for her to begin menstruating to finalize the ceremony and consummate the marriage.An 11-Year-Old Bride Escapes
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
August 4, 2010
"Sometimes I wonder why men ever finalize their status with women," Kennon murmured.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
- (tr) to put into final form; settleto finalize plans for the merger
- (intr) to complete arrangements or negotiations; reach agreement on a transaction
Although finalize has been in widespread use for some time, many speakers and writers still prefer to use complete, conclude, or make final, esp in formal contexts
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Word Origin and History for finalize
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