Meaning of formalize

for•mal•ize

Pronunciation: (fôr'mu-līz"), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
  1. to make formal, esp. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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