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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At least 60 percent of voters must approve for marijuana to be legalized. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida attorney general to challenge marijuana legalization referendum," 11 Sep. 2019 Read More If commercial cannabis cultivation is legalized, vintners situated next to cannabis farms could worry about litigation. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "In Wine Country, the debate over pot farming rages on," 8 Sep. 2019 The investigation threatens to shatter many people’s perceptions of marijuana as safe and natural, an opinion that has gained steam as the drug is legalized in more and more states. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Is Vaping Marijuana Safe? Deaths and Lung Disease Linked to E-Cigs Call That Into Question," 6 Sep. 2019 Following the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD made from industrial hemp and containing less than 0.3 percent THC was legalized in our state. Birmingham Magazine, al, "Birmingham magazine’s Best and Worst of Birmingham," 3 Sep. 2019 Like Tobin, Larsen hopes medical use of psilocybin will be legalized. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Do Canadians have a constitutional right to magic mushrooms?," 24 Aug. 2019 If marijuana is legalized, lawmakers likely would address how to allow people with minor drug possessions to get their court record cleared. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland lawmakers have a lot to learn on legalizing marijuana. Here are 5 things the experts taught them.," 20 Aug. 2019 Uruguay became the first country to legalize pot in 2013. Vox, "Marijuana legalization, explained," 15 Nov. 2018 Canada is now the largest country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, the WSJ’s Paul Vieira reports, but a patchwork of regulations and a shortage of legal supply means the black market won’t likely disappear anytime soon. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Uber’s Loaded Trailers; JD.com Seeking Packages; ‘Self-Declared’ Postal Rates," 18 Oct. 2018

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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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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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