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.

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While more than two dozen states have legalized marijuana in some way -- either for medical or recreational use -- Chadi warned that the drug is not risk-free, especially in young people. Arman Azad, CNN, "Vaping linked to marijuana use in young people, research says," 12 Aug. 2019 The impact is also being felt in Florida, whose voters legalized medical use of marijuana in 2016. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Advice to California immigrants seeking to stay in US: Don’t work with pot," 10 Aug. 2019 The 2016 California initiative legalized the sale and use of cannabis for recreational purposes and led to the creation of the state bureau that licenses retailers and events. Los Angeles Times, "California OKs cannabis sales and use at San Francisco’s Outside Lands music festival," 7 Aug. 2019 The District of Columbia Council legalized sports betting in Washington this year, although the regulations have not been finalized and no sportsbooks have opened. Washington Post, "Redskins to offer gambling-focused preseason telecast," 7 Aug. 2019 The District of Columbia Council legalized sports betting in Washington this year, although the regulations have not been finalized and no sportsbooks have opened. Ben Nuckols, baltimoresun.com, "Redskins to offer NFL’s first gambling-focused telecast during preseason," 6 Aug. 2019 Voters here legalized recreational marijuana in 2014. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska credit union to end pilot program that served marijuana businesses," 6 Aug. 2019 Eleven states have officially legalized recreational cannabis, with Illinois joining last month in officially repudiating the longstanding federal prohibition on the plant. Luke Winkie, Vox, "How to politely smoke weed," 2 Aug. 2019 City ordinances dictate where and how motorized scooters, which the City Council legalized last year, can be used, but police have rarely enforced the rules. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Scooter scrutiny: Dallas police ramp up enforcement on riders," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of legalize

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

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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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