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English definition of “formalize”

formalize

verb [T] uk (UK usually formalise)   /ˈfɔː.mə.laɪz/ us    /ˈfɔːr-/
to make something official or decide to arrange it according to a fixed structure: They started as informal gatherings but they have become increasingly formalized in the last few years. We need to formalize our initial thoughts about the way to proceed.
(Definition of formalize from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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