criminalize criminalize v. t. to declare (an act) to be illegal.

Syn: outlaw, illegalize, ban. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • criminalize — crim·i·nal·ize / kri mə nə ˌlīz/ vt ized, iz·ing: to make criminal: outlaw the statute criminalizing the use of contraceptives R. H. Bork compare illegalize crim·i·nal·i·za·tion …   Law dictionary

  • criminalize — (Amer.) v. make illegal; outlaw, pronounce or declare illegal; declare a criminal; make a person become a criminal; treat a person as a criminal (also criminalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • criminalize — [krim′ə nəl īz΄] vt. criminalized, criminalizing to make criminal criminalization n …   English World dictionary

  • criminalize — UK [ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz] / US [ˈkrɪmɪn(ə)lˌaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms criminalize : present tense I/you/we/they criminalize he/she/it criminalizes present participle criminalizing past tense criminalized past participle criminalized 1) to make an …   English dictionary

  • criminalize — criminalization, n. /krim euh nl uyz /, v.t., criminalized, criminalizing. 1. to make punishable as a crime: To reduce the graffiti on subway cars, he wants to criminalize the selling of spray paint to minors. 2. to make a criminal of: Drug use… …   Universalium

  • criminalize — verb Criminalize is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑law …   Collocations dictionary

  • criminalize — crim|i|nal|ize also criminalise BrE [ˈkrımınəl aız] v [T] to make something illegal, or to say that someone is a criminal because of something they have done ≠ ↑decriminalize ▪ The government has introduced new legislation to criminalize computer …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • criminalize — also ise BrE verb (T) to make something illegal: The police have tried in the past to criminalize hitchhiking …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • criminalize — transitive verb ( ized; izing) Date: circa 1956 to make illegal ; outlaw; also to turn into a criminal or treat as criminal • criminalization noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • criminalize — verb To make (something) a crime; to make illegal under criminal law; to ban …   Wiktionary

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