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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Scientists have asked for marijuana that more closely matches what’s sold in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said in an e-mail Thursday to The Associated Press. Carla K. Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "US growing largest crop of marijuana for research in 5 years," 12 July 2019 Scientists have asked for weed that more closely matches what’s sold in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said in an email Thursday to The Associated Press. Washington Post, "US growing largest crop of marijuana for research in 5 years," 11 July 2019 Then came a failed attempt to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016. Taylor Seely, azcentral, "Podcast: Why Arizona will probably legalize recreational marijuana in 2020," 26 June 2019 Unlike other states that have legalized recreational marijuana, including California, Washington and Colorado, Oregon did not implement tight restrictions on the number of cannabis licenses. Suhauna Hussain, latimes.com, "Oregon has too much cannabis. Two laws may help the state manage its surplus," 24 June 2019 Of the 11 states that have legalized broader cannabis use, seven did so through ballot measures in presidential election years. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "No Ohio marijuana legalization measure on the 2019 ballot," 19 June 2019 When adult use was legalized in Oregon four years ago, too many growing licenses were issued. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Cannabis Investors Are Zoning Out About Supply," 27 June 2019 The new update comes about six months after hemp and its derivatives were federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill. Marijuana Moment, BostonGlobe.com, "USDA sets target deadline to release hemp regulations," 25 June 2019 Hemp was legalized last December under the 2918 farm bill signed by President Donald Trump. San Diego Union-Tribune, "ZeaKal raises $10 million for hemp, cannabis products," 24 June 2019

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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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