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

Other Words from legalize

legalization \ ˌlē-​gə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce legalize (audio) \ noun
legalizer \ ˈlē-​gə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce legalize (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 In the past year, numerous states have moved to legalize them, including some conservative strongholds like Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Lev Facher, STAT, 11 Sep. 2022 The study included 111 pairs of identical twins as well, with one twin living in a state that legalized recreational cannabis and the other in a state that did not legalize it. Megan Marples, CNN, 29 Aug. 2022 The Democratic agriculture commissioner has made weed her signature issue, vowing to legalize it for recreational use. Anthony Man, Orlando Sentinel, 13 July 2022 This has prompted states to lift local restrictions and legalize it, like Baja California, Baja California Sur, Colima, Mexico City, Oaxaca and Coahuila, where the case for the Supreme Court originated. Raphael Romero Ruiz, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2022 Taiwan is the only Asian nation or territory to legalize them. Julia Mio Inuma, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 Ireland was the last to legalize it, by referendum in 2018. WSJ, 22 May 2022 However, efforts have been made in recent years to legalize them. Stacker.com, al, 26 Apr. 2022 Four states — New Mexico, Connecticut, New York and Virginia — moved to legalize recreational cannabis last year. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of legalize

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for legalize

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

legalize

transitive verb
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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