verb le·gal·ize \ˈlē-gə-ˌlīz\

: to make (something) legal : to allow (something) by law


Full Definition of LEGALIZE

transitive verb
:  to make legal; especially :  to give legal validity or sanction to
le·gal·i·za·tion \ˌlē-gə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
le·gal·iz·er \ˈlē-gə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of LEGALIZE

  1. They wanted to legalize gambling in their city.
  2. The government has legalized the use of the new drug.

First Known Use of LEGALIZE

circa 1716
LEGALIZER Defined for Kids


verb le·gal·ize \ˈlē-gə-ˌlīz\

Definition of LEGALIZE for Kids

:  to make allowable by law <legalized gambling>
le·gal·iza·tion \ˌlē-gə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun


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