- to make legal; authorize.
Also especially British, le·gal·ise.
Origin of legalize
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Examples from the Web for legalise
I will give you all, but I have not the power to legalise your position.'A German Pompadour
But all Paris knew of the connection, and she was about to legalise it by marriage.The Red Lottery Ticket
Fortun Du Boisgobey
They cannot be, sir, if they require a new statute to legalise them.Jane Eyre
We legalise the killing of the strong; but not for humane reasons.
Why shouldn't we legalise the killing of the weak for humane reasons?
- to make lawful or legal
- to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)
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Word Origin and History for legalise
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