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

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 State lawmakers unveiled changes Tuesday to a bill to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana, aiming to ensure the legislation passes the General Assembly. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 Koenig — an eight-term incumbent from Erlanger — is the chairman of the House Licensing and Occupations committee and the lead proponent of a bill to legalize, regulate and tax sports gaming in Kentucky. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 18 May 2022 In May, the Legislature passed a bill to legalize and regulate the production and use of medical marijuana products in Alabama, a seed-to-sale intrastate program. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 15 July 2021 Yesterday the Rhode Island Senate approved a bill to legalize marijuana for adults in the state and regulate its production and retail sale. Iris Dorbian, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Even as other states legalize weed, including New York just recently, cannabis industry analyst Jamie Schau expects Illinois sales to continue to escalate. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, 3 Apr. 2021 On May 30, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) introduced a bill to legalize medical cannabis in the country. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 13 June 2022 Most recently, in late 2021, Malta became the first European Union country to legalize recreational cannabis for personal use. Karina Tsui, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 This bill draft seeks to legalize cannabis in the U.S., advance equity and economic empowerment for communities impacted by prohibition, and other crucial regulatory updates. Jessica Billingsley, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2022 See More

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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 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for legalize

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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