from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To give a definite form or shape to.
- transitive v. To make formal.
- transitive v. To give formal standing or endorsement to; make official or legitimate by the observance of proper procedure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give something a definite form; to shape.
- v. To give something a formal or official standing.
- v. To act with formality.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To give form, or a certain form, to; to model.
- transitive v. To render formal.
- intransitive v. To affect formality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reduce to form; give a certain form to; model.
- To render formal.
- To affect formality; become formal.
- To use forms, as of statement.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make formal or official
- v. declare or make legally valid
formal + -ize (Wiktionary)