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verb (used with object), fi·na·lized, fi·na·liz·ing.
  1. to put into final form; complete all the details of.
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verb (used without object), fi·na·lized, fi·na·liz·ing.
  1. to complete an agreement; conclude negotiations: We should finalize by the end of the week.
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Also especially British, fi·na·lise.

Origin of finalize

First recorded in 1920–25; final + -ize
Related formsfi·na·li·za·tion, nounfi·na·liz·er, nounun·fi·na·lized, adjective

Usage note

See -ize.
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British Dictionary definitions for finalising



  1. (tr) to put into final form; settleto finalize plans for the merger
  2. (intr) to complete arrangements or negotiations; reach agreement on a transaction
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Derived Formsfinalization or finalisation, noun


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 finalising



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

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