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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Last week, Brunei legalized stoning for homosexuals. Ian Malone, Vogue, "This Year’s Jeffrey Fashion Cares Event Unfolded in Spectacular Fashion," 11 Apr. 2019 But supersonic flight over the continental U.S. isn't even legalized yet, so where did all this investor confidence come from? Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Supersonic Airliners Are About to Take Off. Again.," 7 Jan. 2019 The measure legalizes, taxes, and regulates recreational marijuana use for anyone 21 years of age and over. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "Three States Approved Legal Marijuana During Midterm Elections," 7 Nov. 2018 The bill, as written by supporters, would legalize the possession, sale, and use of marijuana for all North Dakota residents who are age 21 and older. Christopher Ingraham, BostonGlobe.com, "In North Dakota, supporters of legalizing marijuana push for vote," 12 July 2018 In 2012, Colorado voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana and the first businesses opened up in January 2014. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan's marijuana proposal differs from Colorado law," 12 July 2018 Last Tuesday, Oklahoma, where 9 percent of residents are veterans, legalized possession of up to 8 ounces of marijuana with a doctor’s note. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "As war vets enter the fray, stigma lessens around cannabis," 5 July 2018 Kucinich now supports legalizing recreational marijuana as an alternative to highly addictive pain pills. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio governor's race: Candidates say they've tackled heroin crisis. But it's getting worse," 3 May 2018 Democrats Kucinich, Schiavoni and O’Neill all support legalizing recreational marijuana, and taxing the drug, according to their campaign websites. cleveland.com, "Find out where the 2018 Ohio gubernatorial candidates stand on these issues ahead of the May primary," 2 May 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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