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 Weed killer: Michigan and Illinois have recently joined the list of states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Elections commission to scrutinize Northeast Ohio mayor’s campaign spending: Capitol Letter," 7 Jan. 2020 Interestingly, a recent study found that in states that have legalized recreational marijuana, use among young people actually dropped. Adryan Corcione, Teen Vogue, "Where the 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Stand on Marijuana Policy," 2 Jan. 2020 As of 2019, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized some form of cannabis use. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian, "The Cannabis Industry Is Not as Green as You’d Think," 26 Nov. 2019 In the Netherlands, where prostitution was legalized in 2000, a 2008 National Police Service report revealed that between 50 and 90 percent of women in legal Dutch brothels are trafficked. Ane Mathieson And Alexi Ashe Meyers, Marie Claire, "Decriminalizing the Sex Trade Isn't the Answer—The Equality Model Is," 25 Nov. 2019 Lesotho’s Drugs of Abuse Act 2008 legalized production of cannabis under license, and then this fact seems to have been all but forgotten. Emma Vickers, Quartz Africa, "The small African kingdom that’s perfect for growing cannabis, but maybe not for regulating it," 9 Nov. 2019 Speaking of Scherer: The Circleville Republican has introduced legislation that would legalize kratom, a controversial supplement that proponents claim can treat opioid withdrawal. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "AG Dave Yost suspends but defends Ohio’s facial-recognition software: Capitol Letter," 15 Aug. 2019 States that have legalized, like Colorado, have seen a similar trend — overall arrests go down but the racial disparities are still there. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Wisconsin, you're more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession if you're black. Legalization may not change that.," 18 July 2019 Congress should make sure that, for residents of those states that legalize cannabis, too, trade is free, fair, and regular. Ilya Shapiro, National Review, "Congress Needs to Settle the Looming Cannabis-Regulation Fight," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of legalize

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of legalize was circa 1652

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17 Jan 2020

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“Legalize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legalization?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=l&file=legali07. Accessed 22 January 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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