legalize

[ lee-guh-lahyz ]
/ ˈli gəˌlaɪz /

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

to make legal; authorize.

Nearby words

  1. legalise,
  2. legalism,
  3. legalistic,
  4. legality,
  5. legalization,
  6. legally,
  7. leganés,
  8. legaspi,
  9. legaspi, miguel lópez de,
  10. legate

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 legalize

legalize

legalise

/ (ˈliːɡəˌlaɪz) /

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 legalize

legalize

v.

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

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