legalize

[lee-guh-lahyz]
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for legalization

legalize

legalise

verb (tr)
  1. to make lawful or legal
  2. to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)
Derived Formslegalization or legalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for legalization
n.

1805, noun of action from legalize.

legalize

v.

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

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