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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The first four states to legalize marijuana for recreational use were Colorado and Washington in 2014 and Alaska and Oregon in 2015. Alex Berenson, WSJ, "Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think," 4 Jan. 2019 On Tuesday, conservative Utah became the latest state to legalize marijuana use for medical purposes. Dee-ann Durbin, The Seattle Times, "Marlboro maker Altria the latest big company to explore pot," 5 Dec. 2018 Several years ago, Allison Hendershot considered relocating her family to Colorado, one of the first states to legalize marijuana and home to a large network of CBD producers and providers. Matthew Perrone, BostonGlobe.com, "FDA approves first prescription drug made from marijuana," 25 June 2018 On July 1, Vermont will become the ninth state, along with Washington, D.C., to legalize recreational marijuana. David Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Where pot is now legal, those punished in the past seek forgiveness," 22 June 2018 The Canadian senate will on Thursday vote on a bill that would make the country the first G20 state to legalize recreational marijuana. David Meyer, Fortune, "Canada Is About to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use. And These Weed Companies Are Ready to Take Off," 7 June 2018 Delaware became the first state, outside Nevada, to legalize sports betting weeks after the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited most sports gambling. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Delaware Gov. Carney makes state's first legal sports bet as New Jersey waits for clearance," 7 June 2018 Massachusetts Though citizens voted to legalize marijuana in 2016, dispensaries only opened in the state this past November. Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 Advertising Richardson said Colorado saw an uptick in hospital visits by older users soon after the state legalized cannabis in 2012. John Rogers, The Seattle Times, "More aging Americans are using pot to soothe what ails them," 26 Mar. 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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