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tr.v. for·mal·ized, for·mal·iz·ing, for·mal·iz·es
1. To give a definite form or shape to.
a. To make formal.
b. To give formal standing or endorsement to; make official or legitimate by the observance of proper procedure.

for′mal·iz′a·ble adj.
for′mal·i·za′tion (-mə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
for′mal·iz′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.formalized - concerned with or characterized by rigorous adherence to recognized forms (especially in religion or art); "highly formalized plays like `Waiting for Godot'"
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
2.formalized - given formal standing or endorsement; made official or legitimate by the observance of proper procedures
official - having official authority or sanction; "official permission"; "an official representative"
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