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liberalize Line breaks: lib¦er¦al|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪb(ə)r(ə)lʌɪz/
(also liberalise)

Definition of liberalize in English:


[with object]
Remove or loosen restrictions on (something, typically an economic or political system): several agreements to liberalize trade were signed
More example sentences
  • Under new licensing laws designed to liberalise the system, all establishments which sell alcohol or hot food will have to apply to renew their permits by August 6 or cease trading in November.
  • Efforts to liberalize the economy and democratize the political system have led to corruption and exacerbated the gap in wealth between government officials and the citizens.
  • He wanted to liberalise the Soviet economy without corresponding political reform.



Example sentences
  • He thinks the wave of high-profile supporters of liberalization are still just making empty statements.
  • However, he believes the growth will come with full liberalization of the telecommunications market.
  • The Group has also cashed in on the liberalization of the press, with permits no longer required by new publications.


Example sentences
  • More than 20% of the total population of some strong trade liberalizers, such as Bolivia, Nepal and Mali, are undernourished
  • The socialists, who have had a virtual monopoly in Greece for 20 years, proved to be more effective market liberalizers than the conservatives.
  • This stage is usually followed by economic decline, anti-Western backlash, and a retreat to policies that were the initial target of the economic liberalisers when the process first started.

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