verb (used with object), le·gal·ized, le·gal·iz·ing.
to make legal; authorize.
Also especially British, le·gal·ise.
Origin of legalize
Related formsle·gal·i·za·tion, nounun·le·gal·ized, adjective
First recorded in 1710–20; legal
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for legalise
Historical Examples of legalise
I will give you all, but I have not the power to legalise your position.'
But all Paris knew of the connection, and she was about to legalise it by marriage.
They cannot be, sir, if they require a new statute to legalise them.
We legalise the killing of the strong; but not for humane reasons.
Why shouldn't we legalise the killing of the weak for humane reasons?
British Dictionary definitions for legalise
Derived Formslegalization or legalisation, noun
to make lawful or legal
to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)
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Word Origin and History for legalise
1716, from legal + -ize. Related: Legalized; legalizing.
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