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criminalize

[ krim-uh-nl-ahyz ]
/ 藞kr瑟m 蓹 nl藢a瑟z /
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verb (used with object), crim路i路nal路ized, crim路i路nal路iz路ing.
to make punishable as a crime: To reduce the graffiti on subway cars, he wants to criminalize the selling of spray paint to minors.
to make a criminal of: Drug use has criminalized him.
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Also especially British, crim路i路nal路ise .

Origin of criminalize

First recorded in 1955鈥60; criminal + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM criminalize

crim路i路nal路i路za路tion, nounre路crim路i路nal路i路za路tion, nounre路crim路i路nal路ize, verb (used with object), re路crim路i路nal路ized, re路crim路i路nal路iz路ing.
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How to use criminalize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for criminalize

criminalize

criminalise

/ (藞kr瑟m瑟n蓹藢la瑟z) /

verb (tr)
to make (an action or activity) criminal
to treat (a person) as a criminal

Derived forms of criminalize

criminalization or criminalisation, noun
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