formalized formalized  /ˈfɔr mə ˌlaɪzd/


  1. (adj) concerned with or characterized by rigorous adherence to recognized forms (especially in religion or art)
  2. (adj) given formal standing or endorsement; made official or legitimate by the observance of proper procedures



  1. Youngblood went there, wandered around for a few days, but the order was never formalized.
  2. When the countries finally formalized ties, they excluded mention of the islands from the treatyan act of expediency that continues to haunt them.
  3. In the 17th century, the Vatican's standards for sainthood were formalized.


  1. Washington same-sex marriages by county

    Last year Washington voters approved same-sex marriage, and beginning on Dec. 6, 2012, the ceremonies began. Through March 31, 20.7 percent of ceremonies statewide involved same-sex couples. No doubt that high percentage reflects a backlog of relationships to be formalized.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Everett Herald

  2. Sweden Air Force Targets C-130 Upgrade Decision in 2014

    The Swedish air force plans to decide whether to upgrade or replace its fleet of eight Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) C-130 transport planes as part of a 10-year strategic program due to be formalized next year.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  3. Ecopetrol filed an amendment to give effect and formalize changes to its bylaws approved by its General Shareholders ...

    BOGOTA, Colombia, June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE: EC; BVC: ECOPETROL; TSX: ECP) announces that the amendment to its bylaws approved by its General Shareholders' Meeting on was formalized ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "We are working with Oregon State University to do formalized research in the southern hemisphere," Terri Irwin told the Nine Network television. "We can actually learn everything the Japanese are learning with lethal research by using...
    on Sep 22, 2007 By: Terri Irwin Source: Prince George Citizen

  2. "The judge hasn't entered the order granting me authority as special administrator," Jeffs said. "That's just a technicality; (I) need a formalized order."
    on Jun 16, 2010 By: Warren Jeffs Source: The Associated Press

  3. "It's was a different thing, kind of catch as catch can, particularly the very early days before it got formalized," said David Wallechinsky, vice president of the International Society of Olympic Historians. "Eventually, as it got bigger,...
    on Jul 7, 2008 By: David Wallechinsky Source: USA Today

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