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 This includes legalizing marijuana, sentencing reforms, and abolishing private prisons. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know About Kamala Harris's Policies Before the Election," 13 Sep. 2019 Even if voters choose to legalize marijuana for recreational use, employers can still fire or decline to hire someone who tests positive. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "State orders recall of marijuana products tested by shuttered Walled Lake lab," 30 Aug. 2019 California voted to legalize marijuana in 2016, but Napa, world-famous for its wine, has not permitted pot farming. Melia Russell, SFChronicle.com, "Pot farms in Wine Country? Napa measure will go to a vote," 21 Aug. 2019 State lawmakers considered legalizing marijuana for recreational use this year, but that legislation stalled in the final days of the legislative session. Washington Post, "National Digest: N.Y. law lessens penalties for marijuana possession," 30 July 2019 New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens' odds of using pot. NBC News, "Teen odds of using marijuana dip when states legalize recreational use," 8 July 2019 The country was first in the world to legalize medical marijuana in 2001, opening up opportunities for investment, technology research and large-scale production. Shafin Diamond Tejani, Quartz, "What Mark Twain can teach us about the weed industry," 29 June 2019 The guilty plea came a day before the state of Illinois voted to legalize marijuana on a recreational level. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Montgomery cancer patient who ordered 42 pounds of THC-infused chocolate begins serving prison term," 14 June 2019 Franzen's sentence came just one day before the Illinois legislature voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "An Illinois man is sentenced to prison for ordering 42 pounds of marijuana-infused chocolate," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of legalize

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of legalize was circa 1652

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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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