transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1901 1. to put in final or finished form <
soon my conclusion will be finalized — D. D. Eisenhower
2. to give final approval to <
finalizing the papers prepared…by his staff — Newsweek
finalization noun Usage: Finalize has been frequently castigated as an unnecessary neologism or as United States government gobbledygook. It appears to have first gained currency in Australia (where it has been acceptable all along) in the early 1920s. The United States Navy picked it up in the late 20s, and from there it came into widespread use. It is a standard formation (see -ize). Currently, it is most frequently used in government and business dealings; it usually is not found in belles-lettres.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • finalize — fi‧nal‧ize [ˈfaɪnl aɪz] also finalise verb [transitive] to finish or agree to the last part of to an arrangement, plan, business deal etc: • Mike flew out to Japan to finalize the details of the deal. • British Aerospace is about to finalise a… …   Financial and business terms

  • finalize — v. t. [imp. & p. p. {finalized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {finalizing}.] to put the last touches on; put into final form. Syn: make final, settle, nail down. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • finalize — as a synonym of complete or finish, came into use in the 1920s in Australia and New Zealand, then in the US and, in the 1930s, in Britain. It was widely denounced by usage pundits such as Partridge and Gowers as an unnecessary addition; but it… …   Modern English usage

  • finalize — I verb achieve, cap, clinch, close, complete, conclude, consummate, crown, decide, draw to a close, effect, end, finish, get done, get it over with, perfect, perfect in detail, put the finishing touches on, seal, settle, terminate, wind up II… …   Law dictionary

  • finalize — 1850, from FINAL (Cf. final) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Finalized; finalizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • finalize — [v] finish, complete action agree, clinch*, conclude, consummate, decide, settle, sew up*, tie up*, work out, wrap up; concept 91 Ant. begin, introduce, open, start …   New thesaurus

  • finalize — (also finalise) ► VERB 1) complete (a transaction) after discussion of the terms. 2) produce or agree on a finished version of. DERIVATIVES finalization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • finalize — [fī′nəl īz΄] vt. finalized, finalizing [ FINAL + IZE] to make final; bring to completion finalization n …   English World dictionary

  • finalize — UK [ˈfaɪnəlaɪz] / US [ˈfaɪn(ə)lˌaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms finalize : present tense I/you/we/they finalize he/she/it finalizes present participle finalizing past tense finalized past participle finalized to make the final decisions or… …   English dictionary

  • finalize — In the sense of to complete, to conclude, to make final, finalize has been used so often that it is now accepted by most dictionaries as a standard word. Some careful speakers avoid the word because of its associations with bureaucracy and big… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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