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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
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  • The proposer, Curwen, sought merely to legalize the killing of game started on ground farmed by the occupier.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • A final effort to legalize slavery in Nova Scotia was made in 1808.

  • The Ashburton treaty was not the law of Canada, because the Government had neglected to legalize it by statute.

  • Suppose, for instance, England should legalize slaving, again.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The first of these measures was to legalize the position of Dom John, the gallant leader of the people.

British Dictionary definitions for legalize


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 legalize

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

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