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

to make legal; authorize.

Also especially British, le·gal·ise.

Origin of legalize

First recorded in 1710–20; legal + -ize
Related formsle·gal·i·za·tion, nounun·le·gal·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for legalised

Contemporary Examples of legalised

Historical Examples of legalised

  • What was it, in fact, but his own accursed position, legalised!

  • The difference is that here it is legalised and respectable.

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker

  • The repression of clericalism was only a part of the scheme for a legalised Despotism.

    Ten Tudor Statesmen

    Arthur D. Innes

  • This is not the only example of a legalised aberration from nature, or from second nature.

  • It did not make Christianity the state religion, as is generally asserted, but only legalised it, and popularised it.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church

    Alexander Clarence Flick

British Dictionary definitions for legalised



verb (tr)

to make lawful or legal
to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)
Derived Formslegalization or legalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for legalised



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

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