finalize (verb) – to complete; to make final or firm
BREAKDOWN: FIN- (end) + -AL (pertaining to) + -IZE (to make or do)
— a finale is the grand or final end of something, usually a series
— a finalist is someone who advances to the final stage of a competition
This word is built on the root FIN-, which means end, last, or limit.
Common FIN- words include confine, define, final, finance, fine, finish, and infinity.
More esoteric FIN- words include finery, financier, paraffin, and superfine.