Meaning of “formalize” in the English Dictionary

"formalize" in British English

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formalizeverb [ T ]

UK usually formalise uk /ˈfɔː.mə.laɪz/ us /ˈfɔːr.mə.laɪz/

to make something official or decide to arrange it according to a fixed structure:

These informal gatherings have become increasingly formalized in the last few years.
They offered me the job, but the contract has not been formalized yet.

(Definition of “formalize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"formalize" in American English

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formalizeverb [ T ]

us /ˈfɔr·məˌlɑɪz/

to make something official:

The trade agreement was formalized with Congress’s approval of the bill.

(Definition of “formalize” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"formalize" in Business English

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formalizeverb [ T ]

UK also formalise uk /ˈfɔːməlaɪz/ us

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:

(Definition of “formalize” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)