- to make formal, especially for the sake of official or authorized acceptance: to formalize an understanding by drawing up a legal contract.
- to give a definite form or shape to.
- to state or restate (the rules or implied rules of a grammar or the like) in symbolic form.
Also especially British, for·mal·ise.
Origin of formalize
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- to be or make formal
- (tr) to make official or valid
- (tr) to give a definite shape or form to
- logic to extract the logical form of (an expression), to express in the symbols of some formal system
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Word Origin and History for formalise
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