- to make legal; authorize.
Also especially British, le·gal·ise.
Origin of legalize
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Examples from the Web for legalize
The first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, Denmark still waves its banner high.The Ultimate LGBT Travel Bucket List
December 12, 2014
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.”Steve King: GOP Congress Should Keep Repealing Obamacare
October 29, 2014
To paraphrase Peter Tosh, if Illinois were to legalize it, would you advertise it?The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Sounds Off on Weed, the Weather, and Winning
October 19, 2014
Suppose, for instance, England should legalize slaving, again.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
A final effort to legalize slavery in Nova Scotia was made in 1808.
Suppose we were to legalize these contracts and permit the establishment of monopolies.Monopolies and the People
Charles Whiting Baker
If the Legislature had the right to legalize it, they had the right to reject it.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)
Thomas Hart Benton
But by what steps should he proceed, to legalize the course he proposed?
- to make lawful or legal
- to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)
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Word Origin and History for legalize
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