legalize

verb le·gal·ize \ ˈlē-gə-ˌlīz \
|Updated on: 4 Jul 2018

Definition of legalize

legalized; legalizing
: to make legal; especially : to give legal validity or sanction to

legalization

play \ˌlē-gə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

legalizer

play \ˈlē-gə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of legalize in a Sentence

  1. They wanted to legalize gambling in their city.

  2. The government has legalized the use of the new drug.

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First Known Use of legalize

circa 1652

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LEGALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

legalize

Definition of legalize for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) legal : to allow (something) by law


LEGALIZE Defined for Kids

legalize

verb le·gal·ize \ ˈlē-gə-ˌlīz \

Definition of legalize for Students

legalized; legalizing
: to make allowable by law
  • legalized gambling

legalization

\ˌlē-gə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Law Dictionary

legalize

transitive verb le·gal·ize \ ˈlē-gə-ˌlīz \

legal Definition of legalize

legalized; legalizing
: to make legal; especially : to give legal validity or sanction to

legalization

noun

legalizer

noun

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