Pronunciation: (fôr'mu-līz"), [key]
—v.t., -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to make formal, esp. for the sake of official or authorized acceptance: to formalize an understanding by drawing up a legal contract.
2. to give a definite form or shape to.
3. to state or restate (the rules or implied rules of a grammar or the like) in symbolic form. Also, esp. Brit.,for'mal•ise".
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