legalize

verb
le·​gal·​ize | \ ˈlē-gə-ˌlīz How to pronounce legalize (audio) \
legalized; legalizing

Definition of legalize

transitive verb

: to make legal especially : to give legal validity or sanction to

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Other Words from legalize

legalization \ ˌlē-​gə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce legalization (audio) \ noun
legalizer \ ˈlē-​gə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce legalizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of legalize in a Sentence

They wanted to legalize gambling in their city. The government has legalized the use of the new drug.
Recent Examples on the Web These initiatives would legalize the recreational use of marijuana for people age 21 and older, provide pay raises for front-line health care workers and overhaul some of the state's criminal sentencing laws. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, "Education funding initiative thrown off Arizona ballot for 'opaque' summary language, judge rules," 31 July 2020 Growing bigger would help Curaleaf better compete against any consumer product giants that enter the space if the US government were to legalize cannabis, Jordan said. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "This is now the biggest cannabis company in the world," 31 July 2020 The saga to legalize playing online fantasy sports for money in Louisiana likely neared its end Tuesday, as the state Senate sent a bill establishing the tax rates to the governor’s desk. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, "Louisiana legislators approve fantasy sports tax," 24 June 2020 Oregon would be the first state to legalize the substance, which is currently a Schedule I drug. oregonlive, "Legal, regulated psychedelic mushrooms are one step closer to being on the ballot in Oregon in November," 29 June 2020 Some states have chosen to legalize cannabis under state law—either for medical purposes or in general. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "IT pros indicted after arranging credit card payments for weed startup," 8 July 2020 If approved by voters, Arizona would become the 12th state in the country to legalize recreational use of marijuana and the sixth Western state to do so, not including Alaska. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, "Backers of Arizona's recreational marijuana measure file 420K signatures for November ballot," 2 July 2020 Some African governments have been reluctant to legalize dual citizenship, arguing the patriotism of people with dual citizenship could be questioned. Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Quartz Africa, "African countries are having to come to terms with a growing diaspora’s dual citizenship," 2 July 2020 More states may look to legalize sports betting as a way to increase tax revenue at a time when budgets are reeling thanks to coronavirus, Macquarie Capital's Chad Benyon added in a report. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Barstool Sports backer gets ready to take on DraftKings," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of legalize

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

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6 Aug 2020

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“Legalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legalize. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for legalize

legalize

verb
How to pronounce legalize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of legalize

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

legalize

verb
le·​gal·​ize | \ ˈlē-gə-ˌlīz How to pronounce legalize (audio) \
legalized; legalizing

Kids Definition of legalize

: to make allowable by law legalized gambling

Other Words from legalize

legalization \ ˌlē-​gə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
le·​gal·​ize | \ ˈlē-gə-ˌlīz How to pronounce legalize (audio) \
legalized; legalizing

Legal Definition of legalize

: to make legal especially : to give legal validity or sanction to

Other Words from legalize

legalization noun
legalizer noun

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