illegalize

[ih-lee-guh-lahyz]

verb (used with object), il·le·gal·ized, il·le·gal·iz·ing.

to make illegal: They even wanted to illegalize smoking.

Also especially British, il·le·gal·ise.

Origin of illegalize

First recorded in 1810–20; illegal + -ize
Related formsil·le·gal·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for illegalize

illegalize

illegalise

verb

(tr) to make illegal
Derived Formsillegalization or illegalisation, noun
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