- give (something) legal or formal status；give a definite structure or shape to
verb: formalize, 3rd person present: formalizes, gerund or present participle: formalizing, past tense: formalized, past participle: formalized
- 1. give (something) legal or formal status a year has elapsed since the marriage was formalized
- 2. give a definite structure or shape to we became able to formalize our thoughts
- give (something) legal or formal status.
Oxford American Dictionary