Definition of formalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfôrməˌlīz/


[with object]
1Give (something) legal or formal status.
Example sentences
  • The civil union legislation exists because the Marriage Act as it was - the only basis to formalise the legal status of relationships - was vulnerable to human rights complaints.
  • Besides formalizing the legal equality of women, such a ruling could help fortify the resolve of police who must invariably come to the women's aid and repel acts of aggression.
  • In August, Pin and Pornsanong signed a memorandum formalizing the deal.
1.1Give (something) a definite structure or shape: we became able to formalize our thoughts
More example sentences
  • An even halfway adept filmmaker would interpret and shape such footage, formalize and comment upon it.



Pronunciation: /ˌfôrmələˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • The formalisation of the agreement is a reflection of the quality of the service provided by TCM for our viewers.
  • Subsequent disputes over the formalization of the settlement agreement may be resolved by common sense within the framework of the settlement or by application to the Court.
  • My understanding was that the signing of the wording would be nothing more than the formalisation of the agreement that had been reached.

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Syllabification: for·mal·ize

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