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Verb: formalize  'for-mu,lIz
  1. Make formal or official
    "We formalized the appointment and gave him a title";
    - formalise [Brit]
     
  2. Declare or make legally valid
    - validate, formalise [Brit]

Derived forms: formalized, formalizing, formalizes

Type of: adjudge, authorise [Brit], authorize, clear, declare, hold, pass