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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On Friday, the White House said President Donald Trump will lift his administration’s plans for a possible crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana after talks with a Colorado senator. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan awards first medical marijuana licenses," 12 July 2018 President Barack Obama directed his Justice Department not to enforce the federal ban in states that had legalized pot. Heidi Vogt, WSJ, "In a Twist, Marijuana Group Wants More Rules," 28 June 2018 Marijuana is an issue that has often made strange bedfellows, pairing liberal lawmakers with Western Republicans from states that have legalized marijuana. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska senators join push for states’ rights in marijuana laws," 11 June 2018 The federal ban that puts marijuana on the same level as LSD and heroin has created a conflict with about 30 states that have legalized pot in some form, creating a two-tiered enforcement system at the state and federal levels. Bloomberg.com, "Trump Signals Support for Legislation Easing Federal Marijuana Ban," 9 June 2018 That’s the case in other states that legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational use. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Medical marijuana OK on college campuses, Arizona Supreme Court rules," 23 May 2018 Nearly all of the 29 states that have legalized marijuana in some form allow for the distribution of plant material. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "Pa. approves sale of marijuana 'flower;' and will allow cannabis to treat opioid addiction," 16 Apr. 2018 Now that states are free to craft laws legalizing sports gambling, the latest question is whether to enter the potential $9 billion mobile-betting market. Chris Kirkham, WSJ, "States Weigh Bets on Mobile Sports Gambling," 13 July 2018 In November, Idahoans will be able to vote on a measure that would legalize historical horse racing, Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Tuesday. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Idaho will vote this fall on legalizing horse-race gambling machines," 10 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 \
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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