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verb (used with object), for·mal·ized, for·mal·iz·ing.
  1. to make formal, especially for the sake of official or authorized acceptance: to formalize an understanding by drawing up a legal contract.
  2. to give a definite form or shape to.
  3. 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

First recorded in 1590–1600; formal1 + -ize
Related formsfor·mal·i·za·tion, nounfor·mal·iz·er, nouno·ver·for·mal·ize, verb, o·ver·for·mal·ized, o·ver·for·mal·iz·ing.un·for·mal·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of formalization

  • The formalization of family life in marriage contracts was stimulated by writing.

  • The formalization of an art course given to the general student, kills the live material and leaves the student himself cold.

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British Dictionary definitions for formalization



  1. to be or make formal
  2. (tr) to make official or valid
  3. (tr) to give a definite shape or form to
  4. logic to extract the logical form of (an expression), to express in the symbols of some formal system
Derived Formsformalization or formalisation, nounformalizer or formaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for formalization



1590s, from formal + -ize. Related: Formalized; formalizing.

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