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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The state has become one of the more active battlegrounds in a national conversation about legalizing marijuana. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Marijuana advocates promote education amidst growing legalization push," 14 July 2018 Caught between the more popular cause of legalizing the status of young people brought here as children, the DREAMers, and the more pressing drama of children being separated from parents at the border, TPS holders feel forgotten by Congress. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Another separation crisis looms – this time for some 273,000 American children," 12 July 2018 Similar to an argument often made in favor of legalizing another controversial product — marijuana — advocates say that people are buying and blowing up fireworks anyway. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Legal fireworks in Illinois? Despite annual injury toll, lawmaker proposes that state join pyrotechnics market," 10 July 2018 Many of them are calling for legalizing marijuana, releasing some inmates early, closing one or more prisons and ending parole and probation revocations for violating supervision rules. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "AG Brad Schimel: Democratic candidates' plans to cut prison population are 'deceiving the public'," 9 July 2018 In addition to their musical affiliation, both Nelson and O'Rourke are in favor of legalizing marijuana and have spoken out strongly against the Trump administration's family separation policies along the U.S.-Mexico border. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke Jams on Weed Anthems With Willie Nelson at Annual 4th of July Picnic," 6 July 2018 Supporters of legalizing gambling machines that allow users to bet on taped horse races delivered boxes of voter signatures to the Idaho Secretary of State's Office last week. Nate Poppino, idahostatesman, "Medicaid supporters submit their signatures - and wait to hear if we'll vote this fall," 6 July 2018 The third question on November's ballot is whether money from legalizing marijuana should help pay for mental health services. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics Rahm makes a joke out of Quinn's term-limit push, but voters could have last laugh," 3 July 2018 If voters decide in favor of legalizing medical marijuana, Oklahoma would become the 30th state to do so. Li Zhou, Vox, "Oklahoma primary election 2018 live results: governor and medical marijuana ballot measure," 26 June 2018

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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 \
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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