What does formalize mean?

Definitions for formalize
ˈfɔr məˌlaɪzfor·mal·ize

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. formalize, formaliseverb

    make formal or official

    "We formalized the appointment and gave him a title"

  2. validate, formalize, formaliseverb

    declare or make legally valid


  1. formalizeverb

    To give something a definite form; to shape.

  2. formalizeverb

    To give something a formal or official standing.

  3. formalizeverb

    To act with formality.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Formalizeverb

    Etymology: formaliser, French, from formal.

    The same spirit which anointed the blessed soul of our Saviour Christ, doth so formalize, unite, and actuate his whole race, as if both he and they were so many limbs compacted into one body. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 56.


  1. formalize

    To formalize means to make something official, structured, or systematic, often by setting it into a prescribed format or creating established procedures or rules. This could involve developing a systematic method, framework, or a set of conventions. It may also refer to expressing something in a formal manner, often through a formal language.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formalizeverb

    to give form, or a certain form, to; to model

  2. Formalizeverb

    to render formal

  3. Formalizeverb

    to affect formality

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of formalize in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of formalize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of formalize in a Sentence

  1. Gregorio Catapang:

    If we formalize (now) and they start putting up structures and it’s not constitutional, they will have to destroy those structures.

  2. Brian Schatz:

    On behalf of the people who elected us, we must formalize and accelerate the impeachment process so that Congress, by exercising its responsibility under Article 1 of the Constitution, can provide some measure of accountability.

  3. Mark Ghilarducci:

    We have no confidence that the administration has plans to meet long term demands for PPE. we were just overwhelmed with the amount of interest and so we just didn't think we needed to actually formalize something that we were already getting through the normal process.

  4. Sajad Jiyad:

    They realize that now is the time ... to get the respect that they should have from the politicians and formalize their relations with the state, get their funding sources sorted, get their paperwork in order, take care of their guys, their injured.

  5. Ben Cloutier:

    We are working with the New Mexico Department of Health and the courts to better communicate with these individuals the processes they can use to legally change their names or formalize their name change – while causing the least inconvenience to customers.

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  • формализирам се, формализирам, оформямBulgarian
  • formalizarSpanish
  • formaalistaa, muodollinen, virallistaa, muotoilla, vahvistaa, toimiaFinnish

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