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".