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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of formalize.


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  • On the other side of the aisle, Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute recently complained that the administration's June financial-regulatory proposal actually "formalizes" the too-big-to-fail pathology by providing loans, purchasing assets, guaranteeing liabilities, and making equity investments in faltering giant firms.

    Lecturing Bernanke

  • The agreement between the two institutions "formalizes" a relationship that's been in the works for a while, according to the release.

    Morning Sentinel News

  • "I think it probably kind of formalizes what goes on for the most part now."


  • Palestinian negotiators say their resolution simply formalizes that long-held U.S. foreign policy position.

    U.N. Vote on Israel Puts U.S. in a Bind

  • Rather than marking a shift in strategy, the document formalizes the approach to fighting terrorism that the administration has taken since President Barack Obama came to office in 2009, and continues many elements used by his predecessor, George W. Bush.

    Al Qaeda Remains Top Threat to U.S.

  • The move formalizes an action the agency first threatened nine months ago.

    EPA vetoes water permit for W.Va. mountaintop mine

  • This neighborly weave of life is tight-knit, obligated, and real -- but no contract, commitment, or any reasonable expectation of negotiated, shared decision-making formalizes it.

    Pamela Haag, Ph.D.: The Neighbor Break-Up

  • Once the board formalizes its decision with a Jan. 27 vote, Sarles will be empowered by shedding the interim title but faced with a daunting long-term challenge to resurrect a transit system beset with safety issues, aging infrastructure and an enormous shortage of money. ..

    DeMorning DeBonis: Jan. 24, 2011

  • Mr. Obama's Thursday speech formalizes into official U.S. policy the working assumption of every U.S. president and secretary of state since the 2000 Camp David negotiations, as well as former Israeli Prime Ministers Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak, Israel's most decorated soldier.

    Obama's Speech Was Misunderstood

  • It formalizes opportunities to progress horizontally and diagonally, which benefits organizations and individuals alike as flattening organizational structures mean fewer rungs and a smaller supply of possible upward moves.

    Cathy Benko: Replace Corporate Ladders With Lattices


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