formalize formalize  /ˈfɔr mə ˌlaɪz/


  1. (v) make formal or official
  2. (v) declare or make legally valid



  1. So, compounding the error, the Administration decided to formalize its accidental policy and apply it to men as well as women.
  2. The prime minister is now due to meet with the president to formalize the dissolution of the current government.
  3. In Washington, President Bush is eager to formalize a deal, which would not have to be approved by lawmakers unlike in Iraq.



  1. "I said I wouldn't formalize a contract until after the elections because I didn't know who I would be signing it with," Ecclestone told Catalonia television on Friday.
    on May 11, 2007 By: Bernie Ecclestone Source: CNN International

  2. "The No. 1 commitment of this government and of all Kosovo citizens is to formalize Kosovo as an independent, democratic state," said Thaci, the prime minister-designate.
    on Jan 7, 2008 By: Hashim Thaci Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Details will remain confidential as the parties move forward to finalize and formalize their agreement," Kaine said in the statement.
    on Apr 10, 2008 By: Tim Kaine Source: USA Today

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