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 legalization (audio) \ noun
legalizer \ ˈlē-​gə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce legalizer (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.

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Voters in Utah and Missouri approved the drug for medical use, while Michigan voters passed an amendment that legalized cannabis for recreational purposes. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Three states vote in favor of marijuana," 7 Nov. 2018 There are also now 31 states – with conservative Oklahoma being the latest – and Washington D.C. that have legalized marijuana in some form. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Don't Fear the Reefer? Legal-pot push shifts to red states," 16 July 2018 Public support is largely in favor of laws that legalize the procedure. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "With D.C. and California laws in jeopardy, a fresh debate over medical aid in dying," 25 June 2018 The San Francisco company’s policy, prompted by a Delaware law that bars people with certain kinds of drug convictions from driving, is out of step with legislation that legalized ride share companies in Pennsylvania. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Uber changes direction on drivers' criminal history," 11 June 2018 In the past, the video poker industry has helped kill legislation that would legalize fantasy sports apps because operators see such games as competition. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Louisiana Legislature passes measure that could legalize fantasy sports apps," 10 May 2018 Airbnb cheered that decision, and the company is pressing for a state law that would legalize many short-term rentals that now violate the law. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "New York Suit Says Airbnb Used in $20 Million Illegal Hotel Scheme," 14 Jan. 2019 Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North Dakota voters on Tuesday rejected Measure 3, a ballot initiative that would have legalized marijuana in the state. German Lopez, Vox, "North Dakota votes against marijuana legalization, rejecting Measure 3," 7 Nov. 2018 But the one getting the most buzz in Arizona is the one that would legalize recreational marijuana for anyone 21 years old and up. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Don't Fear the Reefer? Legal-pot push shifts to red states," 16 July 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 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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