- 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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Related Words for formalizationinterpretation, explanation, solution, rationale, answer, translation, comment, elucidation, rendering, signification, analogue, clarification, fixing, gloss, cue, exposition, commentary, drift, clue, determination
Examples from the Web for formalization
Contemporary Examples of formalization
A debt limit increase is merely the formalization of that consent.The GOP’s Gotta Know When to Fold
September 27, 2013
Historical Examples of formalization
- 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 formalization
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