[lib-er-uh-lahyz, lib-ruh-]

verb (used with or without object), lib·er·al·ized, lib·er·al·iz·ing.

to make or become liberal.

Also especially British, lib·er·al·ise.

Origin of liberalize

First recorded in 1765–75; liberal + -ize
Related formslib·er·al·i·za·tion, nounlib·er·al·iz·er, nouno·ver·lib·er·al·i·za·tion, nouno·ver·lib·er·al·ize, verb, o·ver·lib·er·al·ized, o·ver·lib·er·al·iz·ing.un·lib·er·al·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for liberalization

Contemporary Examples of liberalization

  • Liberalization, privatization, and modern telecommunications began to transform the business landscape.

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    Hosni Mubarak's Final Tragedy

    Christopher Dickey

    February 13, 2011

  • I think we made a very serious contribution to the liberalization of laws and attitudes.

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    My Pal the Porn King

    Anthony Haden-Guest

    October 22, 2010

  • His vision for moving Mexico forward includes privatization, liberalization, and political freedom.

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    Who's In, Who's Out at the G-20

    The Daily Beast

    September 22, 2009

Historical Examples of liberalization

British Dictionary definitions for liberalization




to make or become liberal
Derived Formsliberalization or liberalisation, nounliberalizer or liberaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for liberalization

1794; see liberal + -ization.



1774, from liberal (adj.) + -ize. Related: Liberalized; liberalizing.

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