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.
Recent Examples on the Web In Wednesday night’s debate, Mr. Booker criticized Mr. Biden for his opposition to legalizing marijuana, noting that black marijuana users are more frequently penalized than white ones. New York Times, "After Debating About Black Support, Democrats Fan Out to Try to Earn It," 21 Nov. 2019 While some 2020 presidential candidates (namely Sens. Corey Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders) have firmly stood behind legalizing marijuana on the federal level, former Vice President Joe Biden thinks it should be left up to states. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Joe Biden Doesn't Think Marijuana Should Be Legalized On A Federal Level," 18 Nov. 2019 Lamont has been working closely on legalizing marijuana and vaping with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. courant.com, "Lamont meets with governors of Rhode Island and Massachusetts to discuss regulation of vaping," 24 Oct. 2019 Sanders, as part of his Workplace Democracy Plan, called for legalizing the right to strike for federal workers, banning permanent scabs, and industry-wide wage standards (rather than have the fights be shop-by-shop), among other proposals. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Return of the Empowered American Worker," 4 Oct. 2019 Harris publicly came out for legalizing marijuana only in May 2018, after she was widely considered a likely presidential contender. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Campaign fact check: Here’s how Kamala Harris really prosecuted marijuana cases," 11 Sep. 2019 The Legislature set up the commission to study whether Alabama should join 34 states in legalizing medical marijuana. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "No such thing as medical marijuana, Alabama cannabis commission told," 9 Sep. 2019 Some dispensary operations are working to gain a foothold in Florida markets for another business opportunity: a possibility that Florida, like 11 other states, could approve recreational marijuana after legalizing medical marijuana. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Pot choices grow: Medical marijuana dispensaries swell across South Florida," 9 Aug. 2019 Vos, of Rochester, in recent years has shown support for legalizing medical marijuana, but other Republicans who control the Legislature have expressed deep skepticism toward the idea. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's GOP speaker says he wants to consider legalizing medical marijuana, just after rejecting governor's plan," 28 June 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legalize. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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More Definitions for legalize

legalize

verb
How to pronounce legalize (audio)

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
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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