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

  • intransitive v. To affect formality.
  • transitive v. To give form, or a certain form, to; to model.
  • transitive v. To render formal.

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)



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