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[ lee-guh-lahyz ]

verb (used with object)

, le·gal·ized, le·gal·iz·ing.
  1. to make legal; authorize.


/ ˈliːɡəˌlaɪz /


  1. to make lawful or legal
  2. to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)

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Derived Forms

  • ˌlegaliˈzation, noun

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Other Words From

  • legal·i·zation noun
  • un·legal·ized adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of legalize1

First recorded in 1710–20; legal + -ize

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Example Sentences

While many other states have slowly taken steps toward legalized marijuana, Amendment A would make it the first state in the country to simultaneously legalize marijuana for medical and recreational uses.

The recent spread of sports betting is not surprising, as state governments have long turned to legalized gambling to address financial problems during economic crises.

The law would apply to adults 21 and older, just as in the 15 other states and District of Columbia that have already legalized the drug.

In New York, the recently legalized battery-powered two wheelers were most often used by delivery workers.

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The industry is lobbying to have it legalized nationwide, but for now, the extract is considered a controlled substance if it comes from cannabis plants.

The first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, Denmark still waves its banner high.

The residents of Arkansas decide Tuesday whether to legalize the sale of an intoxicating substance statewide.

Despite the obvious appeal, the odds are long that Arkansas will legalize alcohol statewide in 2014.

If the president takes unilateral action to legalize millions of people, King said, “it will create a constitutional crisis.”

To paraphrase Peter Tosh, if Illinois were to legalize it, would you advertise it?

The Ashburton treaty was not the law of Canada, because the Government had neglected to legalize it by statute.

Don't you want to get married–to–er–legalize this extraordinary situation in which we are placed?

This conviction or this pretension tends to augment their force amazingly, and contributes no less to legalize their measures.

The law could legalize the King's inclination, and who dare gainsay its enactments?

It would be to legalize the disarrangement of all monetary transactions, and to deprive every creditor of one-fifth of his debts.





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