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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Republicans in Congress have tried to overturn D.C. laws that have legalized medical marijuana, needle exchanges and assisted suicide in the capital city. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Congressional Republicans target efforts to decriminalize sex work in the District," 12 June 2019 Establishment of the commission was a compromise measure for a bill by Republican Sen. Tim Melson of Florence that would have legalized medical marijuana for those with qualifying conditions. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Medical marijuana isn’t legal in Alabama; Bill only establishes study," 11 June 2019 The rate of deaths from opioid overdose increased by 22.7% on average from 1999 to 2017 in states that had legalized medical marijuana, according to the paper published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy... Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Opioid Death Rate Rose Despite Medical-Marijuana Laws, Study Finds," 10 June 2019 The cap was put in place by the Legislature in 2017 after Florida voters passed a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. sun-sentinel.com, "Medical marijuana company wants more storefronts," 5 June 2019 Several bills that would legalize marijuana have been introduced, but have not yet come up for a vote. Jan Hefler, Philly.com, "'Pent up demand' for medical marijuana in N.J. boosts enrollment 25 percent," 1 May 2018 The first four states to legalize marijuana for recreational use were Colorado and Washington in 2014 and Alaska and Oregon in 2015. Alex Berenson, WSJ, "Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think," 4 Jan. 2019 On Tuesday, conservative Utah became the latest state to legalize marijuana use for medical purposes. Dee-ann Durbin, The Seattle Times, "Marlboro maker Altria the latest big company to explore pot," 5 Dec. 2018 Several years ago, Allison Hendershot considered relocating her family to Colorado, one of the first states to legalize marijuana and home to a large network of CBD producers and providers. Matthew Perrone, BostonGlobe.com, "FDA approves first prescription drug made from marijuana," 25 June 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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