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English definition of “formalize”

formalize

verb [T] (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 .Accepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval
(Definition of formalize verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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