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 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 The state House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would legalize sports betting in Massachusetts, allowing people 21 and older to place wagers on professional and collegiate athletic events. BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2021 Five groups that lobbied on Senate Bill 113, which would legalize consumer fireworks in Ohio. cleveland, 8 July 2021 Along with the test strips, Sonoran Prevention Works also helped pass a bill to legalize clean needle exchange programs. Stephanie Bennett, Fox News, 26 June 2021 Cristi Cain of Millbrook came to the Alabama State House last year to speak in favor of a bill to legalize medical marijuana, wearing with a pin with photos of her son, Hardy. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 17 June 2021 Schweich reiterated that the federal government will have to address the issue soon as more states legalize the substance. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 8 July 2021 The state became one of 20 to legalize recreational marijuana on July 1. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, 5 July 2021 That evolution mirrors a rapid change in public opinion about marijuana over the past decade, a period that saw numerous states legalize the drug. BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2021 The same report shows $1.1 billion in sales in Alabama’s illicit marijuana market, the 7th most in the nation among states that have yet to legalize recreational weed. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 1 July 2021

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First Known Use of legalize

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

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“Legalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legalize. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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legalize

verb

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

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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