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[lee-guh-lahyz] /ˈli gəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), legalized, legalizing.
to make legal; authorize.
Also, especially British, legalise.
Origin of legalize
First recorded in 1710-20; legal + -ize
Related forms
legalization, noun
unlegalized, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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