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 city’s legislators recently introduced a bill to legalize all electric bikes, as well as electric scooters, on New York streets. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How electric bikes can make cities safer," 30 Nov. 2018 Marijuana growers were on track for gains Wednesday morning after voters in Michigan passed a ballot measure to legalize marijuana, while Missouri became the 31st state to approve marijuana for medical use. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "Stocks gain after midterms as tech, health care, energy rise," 7 Nov. 2018 This year’s midterm elections offered residents of Utah and Missouri the chance to legalize medical marijuana in their states. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Government bans on pot research have created room for marijuana health hype," 6 Nov. 2018 The state Supreme Court last month cleared the way for the program to begin, reversing a lower judge’s ruling that the licensing process was flawed and violated the constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana. Washington Post, "Conservative states balk at voter-approved medical marijuana," 13 July 2018 Mississippi changed its law in 2017 to allow sports betting as part of a bill legalizing and regulating fantasy sports. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Sports betting rules OK'd for Mississippi casinos," 22 June 2018 On Monday morning, New Jersey won a landmark decision by the Supreme Court which could lead to many more U.S. states legalizing betting on college and professional sports. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "President Trump's Stance On Legalizing Sports Betting Over The Years," 14 May 2018 With more and more states legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use, cannabis is shedding its stigma and entering the mainstream. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Lots of Doctors Recommend Weed Without Understanding It," 10 May 2018 Medical marijuana was already legal in Michigan, which has now become the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Three states vote in favor of marijuana," 7 Nov. 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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