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 January, the state of Illinois rang in the New Year on a high note, legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana. Fox News, "Chicago Girl Scouts cash in on cannabis legalization, sell cookies outside dispensary," 11 Feb. 2020 Although the state legalized medical cannabis in 2013, growing the plant for personal use is currently a felony offense. USA TODAY, "Crane season, corporal punishment, Common Core: News from around our 50 states," 11 Feb. 2020 State regulators and local law enforcement have been locked in a battle with unlicensed sellers since California legalized recreational marijuana in 2018. NBC News, "'I really love the vibes': How Yelp boosts black market pot shops," 10 Feb. 2020 Those talks generally encompass what the league sees as safeguards aimed at preventing legalized betting from exerting improper influence on the teams, games or players. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "Redskins seek sports betting license in Virginia even as they lobby for one in Maryland," 9 Feb. 2020 Support for legalizing cannabis for any use now is 58 percent, up nearly 20 points from seven years ago. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Legalize marijuana? A majority of Kentuckians now say yes – and for any use, poll shows," 5 Feb. 2020 Cleveland doesn’t have the ability to trump those state and federal laws and simply legalize marijuana possession. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland City Council approves eliminating fines, jail time and criminal records for low level marijuana possession," 28 Jan. 2020 The Roe decision said states must legalize abortions for up to fetal viability, which is generally understood to be at 24 weeks of gestation. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Trump rallies demonstrators at March for Life: 'They are coming after me because I am fighting for you'," 24 Jan. 2020 Mary Kay Bean, spokeswoman for the Michigan Gaming Control Board, gave the update about a month after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed laws legalizing internet gambling and sports betting. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "Online sports betting in Michigan will wait until 2021," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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14 Feb 2020

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“Legalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legalize. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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