Definition of legalize in English:

legalize

Syllabification: le·gal·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈlēgəˌlīz
 
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verb

[with object]
Make (something that was previously illegal) permissible by law: a measure legalizing gambling in Deadwood
More example sentences
  • For less than a year it was legalised by statute in the Northern Territory of Australia.
  • It's time to fix the bankruptcy law that has legalized the corporate robbery of workers.
  • Two years later, the government introduced another measure legalizing civil marriage.
Synonyms
make legal, decriminalize, legitimize, legitimate, permit, allow, authorize, sanction, license, validate; regularize, normalize
informal OK

Derivatives

legalization

Pronunciation: /-ˌlēgələˈzāSHən, -ˌlīˈzā-/
noun
More example sentences
  • So the Canadian Association of Police Boards denounced the legalization of illicit drugs, including marijuana.
  • I have to point out here that we must not conflate legalization with decriminalization.
  • Many benefits would come from decriminalisation or legalisation with regulation.

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