legalize

verb
le·gal·ize | \ ˈlē-gə-ˌlīz \
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 \ noun
legalizer \ˈlē-gə-ˌlī-zər \ 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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Oregon was one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana in 1998, and in 2014 voters approved allowing recreational use. Washington Post, "Oregon’s medical marijuana program admits to problems," 13 July 2018 If Michigan voters decide to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use on Nov. 6, there will have to be a significant transition from the state's medical marijuana business. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Legalize marijuana? Advice for Michigan from Colorado," 12 July 2018 There are currently 289,205 medical marijuana card holders in the state, and voters will see a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use on the ballot this fall. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Michigan Approves 11 New Conditions for Medical Marijuana Treatment," 11 July 2018 For example, in 2016, opponents of the effort to legalize marijuana for recreational painted a dystopian picture of what Massachusetts would look like with legal weed. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "The question order has been set for the fall ballot," 9 July 2018 Canada recently moved to legalize recreational marijuana. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Cigarette Maker Imperial Bets on Medical Cannabis," 28 June 2018 Oklahoma is now the 30th state to legalize marijuana in some capacity. Tauhid Chappell, Philly.com, "Supreme Courts decision could affect Pennsylvania politics, two casinos open in Atlantic city | Morning Newsletter," 28 June 2018 Oklahoma was also deciding whether to legalize the cultivation, possession and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Time, "Henry McMaster, Backed by President Trump, Wins South Carolina Governor Primary," 28 June 2018 Voters also will be asked to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Herb Jackson, USA TODAY, "2018 primaries: Voters have their say in Colorado, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Utah and South Carolina," 26 June 2018

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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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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 \
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 \
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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