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[fahyn-l-ahyz] /ˈfaɪn lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), finalized, finalizing.
to put into final form; complete all the details of.
verb (used without object), finalized, finalizing.
to complete an agreement; conclude negotiations:
We should finalize by the end of the week.
Also, especially British, finalise.
Origin of finalize
First recorded in 1920-25; final + -ize
Related forms
finalization, noun
finalizer, noun
unfinalized, adjective
Usage note
See -ize. Unabridged
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  • "Sometimes I wonder why men ever finalize their status with women," Kennon murmured.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
British Dictionary definitions for finalize


(transitive) to put into final form; settle: to finalize plans for the merger
(intransitive) to complete arrangements or negotiations; reach agreement on a transaction
Derived Forms
finalization, finalisation, noun
Usage note
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

1850, from final + -ize. Related: Finalized; finalizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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