legalize

[lee-guh-lahyz]

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

to make legal; authorize.

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

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
v.

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

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