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verb (used with object), le·gal·ized, le·gal·iz·ing.
  1. to make legal; authorize.
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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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verb (tr)
  1. to make lawful or legal
  2. to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)
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Derived Formslegalization or legalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for legalize


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

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