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[ fawr-muh-lahyz ]

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.


/ ˈfɔːməˌlaɪz /


  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

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Derived Forms

  • ˌformaliˈzation, noun
  • ˈformalˌizer, noun

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Other Words From

  • formal·i·zation noun
  • formal·izer noun
  • over·formal·ize verb overformalized overformalizing
  • un·formal·ized adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of formalize1

First recorded in 1590–1600; formal 1 + -ize

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Example Sentences

In addition to formalizing that the vice president would assume the duties of the presidency in the event of a president’s death, removal from office or resignation, it instituted a process by which a living president could be removed from office.

Fifteen years ago, the IGBC asked if he’d help them formalize the program by using the bears that got there in the first place by getting into garbage.

The 25th Amendment formalizes that the vice president takes over the duties of the presidency in the event of a president’s death, inability to perform his duties or resignation from office.

States have adopted and formalized voter registration systems at different times, and some just allowed people to register on Election Day when they came in to vote.

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Coq users have formalized a lot of mathematics in its language, but that work has been decentralized and unorganized.

Maps have long served to formalize authority over peoples and their lands and resources.

She sought to finalize and formalize the split by filing for divorce in Brooklyn.

The battle will now focus on the drafting of Egypt's new constitution, which will formalize the emerging allocation of power.

Of course any effort to impose such a system would simply be to formalize what already exists, and has since 1967.

The first step is to formalize something resembling a brand.

But this priest was standing in the corridor and was rather insistent that he formalize some prayers at that point.

Yet strangely and unexpectedly the attempt to formalize his faith almost shook his faith out of him again.

"Formalize our mating as soon as she is able to get out of bed," Kennon replied.





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