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formalize

verb [T] (UK also formalise)
 
 
/ˈfɔːməlaɪz/
to arrange something according to a fixed structure: formalize a process/procedure/structure, etc. It is now widely acknowledged that with increasing size comes the need to formalize operations if a firm wishes to remain effective. Despite the apparent contradiction, casual working in this sector is a highly formalized system of working.
to make something official: formalize an agreement/arrangement/offer
(Definition of formalize from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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