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legalize

[lee-guh-lahyz] /ˈli gəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), legalized, legalizing.
1.
to make legal; authorize.
Also, especially British, legalise.
Origin of legalize
1710-1720
First recorded in 1710-20; legal + -ize
Related forms
legalization, noun
unlegalized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for legalised
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  • What was it, in fact, but his own accursed position, legalised!

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • The difference is that here it is legalised and respectable.

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker
  • The repression of clericalism was only a part of the scheme for a legalised Despotism.

    Ten Tudor Statesmen Arthur D. Innes
  • This is not the only example of a legalised aberration from nature, or from second nature.

  • It did not make Christianity the state religion, as is generally asserted, but only legalised it, and popularised it.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church Alexander Clarence Flick
  • Under him the new faith was legalised, emancipated, protected, and given lands and buildings.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church Alexander Clarence Flick
  • After Constantine legalised Christianity, charity became institutional and endowed, first in the East, then to the westward.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church Alexander Clarence Flick
  • It deals merely with the legalised recitation of Homeric poetry, and of that poetry alone, at the Panathenaea.

    The World of Homer

    Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for legalised

legalize

/ˈliːɡəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make lawful or legal
2.
to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)
Derived Forms
legalization, legalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for legalised

legalize

v.

1716, from legal + -ize. Related: Legalized; legalizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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