[ fahyn-l-ahyz ]
See synonyms for: finalizefinalizedfinalization on

verb (used with object),fi·na·lized, fi·na·liz·ing.
  1. to put into final form; complete all the details of.

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.

Origin of finalize

First recorded in 1920–25; final + -ize
  • Also especially British, fi·na·lise .

usage note For finalize

See -ize.

Other words from finalize

  • fi·na·li·za·tion, noun
  • fi·na·liz·er, noun
  • un·fi·na·lized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use finalize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for finalize



/ (ˈfaɪnəˌlaɪz) /

  1. (tr) to put into final form; settle: to finalize plans for the merger

  2. (intr) to complete arrangements or negotiations; reach agreement on a transaction

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

Derived forms of finalize

  • finalization or finalisation, noun

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