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legalize

[ lee-guh-lahyz ]
/ 藞li g蓹藢la瑟z /
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verb (used with object), le路gal路ized, le路gal路iz路ing.
to make legal; authorize.
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Origin of legalize

First recorded in 1710鈥20; legal + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM legalize

le路gal路i路za路tion, nounun路le路gal路ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for legalize

legalize

legalise

/ (藞li藧伞蓹藢la瑟z) /

verb (tr)
to make lawful or legal
to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)

Derived forms of legalize

legalization or legalisation, noun
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