transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: circa 1716 to make legal; especially to give legal validity or sanction to • legalization nounlegalizer noun

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  • legalize — le·gal·ize / lē gə ˌlīz/ vt ized, iz·ing: to make legal; esp: to give legal validity or sanction to le·gal·i·za·tion n le·gal·iz·er n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • legalize — le‧gal‧ize [ˈliːgəlaɪz] also legalise verb [transitive] LAW to make something legal that was previously against the law: • Casino gambling was legalized as a way to rebuild Atlantic City. * * * legalize UK US (UK also …   Financial and business terms

  • Legalize — Le gal*ize (l[=e] gal*[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Legalized} ( [imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Legalizing} ( [imac] z[i^]ng).] [Cf. F. l[ e]galiser.] 1. To make legal. [1913 Webster] 2. (Theol.) To interpret or apply in a legal spirit. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • legalize — 1716, from LEGAL (Cf. legal) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Legalized; legalizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • legalize — (Amer.) le·gal·ize || lɪːgÉ™laɪz v. make legal or lawful; legitimize, authorize, sanction (also legalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • legalize — [v] allow, validate approve, authorize, clean up, codify, constitute, decree, decriminalize, enact, formulate, launder, legislate, legitimate, legitimatize, license, ordain, permit, regulate, sanction; concepts 298,317 Ant. deny, prohibit, refuse …   New thesaurus

  • legalize — (also legalise) ► VERB ▪ make legal. DERIVATIVES legalization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • legalize — [lē′gəl īz΄] vt. legalized, legalizing to make legal or lawful legalization n …   English World dictionary

  • legalize — UK [ˈliːɡəlaɪz] / US [ˈlɪɡəlˌaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms legalize : present tense I/you/we/they legalize he/she/it legalizes present participle legalizing past tense legalized past participle legalized to make something legal by creating a… …   English dictionary

  • legalize — verb Legalize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑abortion, ↑euthanasia, ↑gambling, ↑marijuana, ↑marriage, ↑prostitution, ↑use …   Collocations dictionary

  • legalize — also ise BrE verb (T) to make a law that allows people to do something that was not allowed before: the campaign to legalize cannabis legalization noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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