[ fahyn-l-ahyz ]
/ ˈfaɪn lˌaɪz /
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verb (used with object), fi·na·lized, fi·na·liz·ing.
to put into final form; complete all the details of.
verb (used without object), fi·na·lized, fi·na·liz·ing.
to complete an agreement; conclude negotiations: We should finalize by the end of the week.
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usage note for finalize
OTHER WORDS FROM finalizefi·na·li·za·tion, nounfi·na·liz·er, nounun·fi·na·lized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for finalize
/ (ˈfaɪnəˌlaɪz) /
(tr) to put into final form; settleto finalize plans for the merger
(intr) to complete arrangements or negotiations; reach agreement on a transaction
Derived forms of finalizefinalization or finalisation, noun
usage for finalize
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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