[ lee-guh-lahyz ]
/ ˈli gəˌlaɪz /
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verb (used with object), le·gal·ized, le·gal·iz·ing.
to make legal; authorize.
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Also especially British, le·gal·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM legalizele·gal·i·za·tion, nounun·le·gal·ized, adjective
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How to use legalize in a sentence
The Midland were anxious to buy and the Ennis were willing to sell, but Parliament alone could legalise the bargain.
I will give you all, but I have not the power to legalise your position.'A German Pompadour|Marie Hay
And it would be but another step in the same direction to legalise brigandage.
Now only Commissaires of Districts and Missionaries can legalise marriages and the official named was neither.A Journal of a Tour in the Congo Free State|Marcus Dorman
Don't you want to get married; to—er—legalise this extraordinary situation in which we are placed?Second Plays|A. A. Milne
British Dictionary definitions for legalize
/ (ˈliːɡəˌlaɪz) /
to make lawful or legal
to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)
Derived forms of legalizelegalization or legalisation, noun
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