American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To give a definite form or shape to.
- v. To make formal.
- v. To give formal standing or endorsement to; make official or legitimate by the observance of proper procedure.
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.
- v. To give something a definite form; to shape.
- v. To give something a formal or official standing.
- v. To act with formality.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. rare To give form, or a certain form, to; to model.
- v. To render formal.
- v. obsolete To affect formality.
- v. make formal or official
- v. declare or make legally valid
- formal + -ize (Wiktionary)
“The ability to test theories empirically has been one of the primary arguments in favour of the increasing use of math in economics and the need for methods that, in the minds of their users, "formalize" economic theories and their implications.”
“Expand, deepen and further "formalize" the official channel of U.S. cooperation with the ICC, so that the court can get further involved in global conflicts such as those in Darfur, the Congo, Uganda and other areas.”
“So can we finally get that report to where we look at a structure and kind of formalize that? ”
“His expected signatures would formalize an agreement that the Democratic governor reached with Republican legislative leaders last week, and likely means most of the idled 22,000 state workers could be back to work by Thursday.”
“I can just imagine the explosions if any administration of, for instance, SFWA, tried to formalize an official policy disapproving of this.”
“Mr. Valli decided to formalize his couture business with a collection after making 380 special-order dresses last year.”
“Clinton pressed dos Santos and the Angolan National Assembly to complete the new constitution that would formalize democracy.”
“The officials said that they expected to formalize the settlement within the next day and have the details publicly available within the next week.”
“And that made it more likely that Israel and other Sunni Arab players that regard the Islamic Republic as a threat to their core national interests would use all their available resources to deprive Iran from having access to a military instrument that would allow it to formalize the new regional balance of power.”
“By 1910, there were efforts like the Whitehead-Russell Principia Mathematica, where the notion was to formalize mathematics in terms of logic, and then, in effect, just build up everything from a modest set of axioms.”
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