lib·​er·​al·​ize | \ ˈli-b(ə-)rə-ˌlīz How to pronounce liberalize (audio) \
liberalized; liberalizing

Definition of liberalize

transitive verb

: to make liberal or more liberal

intransitive verb

: to become liberal or more liberal

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Other Words from liberalize

liberalization \ ˌli-​b(ə-​)rə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce liberalization (audio) \ noun
liberalizer \ ˈli-​b(ə-​)rə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce liberalizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of liberalize in a Sentence

The country's immigration policies have begun to liberalize.
Recent Examples on the Web At this time, most of American Christianity was liberalizing, decentralizing, and opening up to the possibility of women in the pulpit. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Mormon women are caught between economic pressures and the word of God," 31 Dec. 2019 Brown bear seasons in Unit 13 have been liberalized as far as is able. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "When it comes to predator control, balancing biology and the desires of hunters is a tricky task," 14 Dec. 2019 The theory was that China could not become rich and powerful without liberalizing. Daniel Foster, National Review, "Progressive Woke, Communist Yoke," 24 Oct. 2019 At the same time, China is liberalizing its economy. Eric Johnson, Vox, "Russia and China are waging a “shadow war” against the US, and the battlefields will be AI and space, CNN’s Jim Sciutto says," 11 June 2019 Before a February visit to Washington, Yang Jiechi, China's top diplomat, consulted with Terry Branstad, the U.S. ambassador to China, who told him to come armed with concrete offers of liberalizing reforms. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump tariffs aren't going to impede economic growth (yet)," 5 Apr. 2018 Thailand is speeding up legal changes to liberalize its nascent medical marijuana industry, according to the country’s health minister., "the first Southeast Asian nation to allow medical marijuana," 14 Nov. 2019 Legislation to liberalize housing regulations got tabled Ultimately, the only way to make housing affordable is to build a lot more of it. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Apple wants affordable housing in California—but laws stand in the way," 4 Nov. 2019 Hunting seasons have been liberalized in efforts to curb population growth. USA TODAY, "Space dummy, Bigfoot denial, pumped-up pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of liberalize

1765, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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5 Jan 2020

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“Liberalize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of liberalize

: to make (something) less strict or more liberal
: to become less strict or more liberal

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