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 How a fearsome, fast-talking union boss helped legalize pot, took kickbacks and ended up in prison. San Francisco Chronicle, "The best of Chronicle storytelling," 1 Jan. 2021 Missouri is among states where lawmakers have submitted 2021 bills seeking to legalize sports wagers. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "Florida sports wagering bills filed to spur stalled Seminole pact negotiations," 30 Dec. 2020 Cranmer now proposed a radical way to legalize the situation. History Magazine, "Anne Boleyn used flirtation, fertility, and faith to seduce Henry VIII," 29 Dec. 2020 The legal changes will turn Mexico into the third country in the world to legalize cannabis nationally for recreational use after Uruguay and Canada, and the largest with a potential consumer market of 88 million adults. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Mexico Set to Become World’s Largest Legal Cannabis Market," 29 Dec. 2020 California is the latest state to legalize the practice. Matt Vasilogambros, Anchorage Daily News, "Roadkill moose fed Alaska families for years. Then came COVID-19.," 25 Dec. 2020 Sheri Eckert, one of the chief petitioners of Oregon’s successful ballot measure to legalize psilocybin, died Thursday in her sleep according to her family. oregonlive, "One of the architects of Oregon’s bid to legalize psychedelic mushrooms, Sheri Eckert, has died," 22 Dec. 2020 Moderate Democrats worried a vote to legalize marijuana would paint Democrats as radicals. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, "Stimulus checks, marijuana and Trump’s loss all come back to: How will it play in Georgia?," 22 Dec. 2020 Iowa, however, was among the first states to legalize sports gambling. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "From 'Play ball' to 'Play Bally's'? Sinclair betting on legal gambling to boost viewership," 21 Dec. 2020

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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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15 Jan 2021

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“Legalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legalize. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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