liberalize

[ lib-er-uh-lahyz, lib-ruh- ]
/ ˈlɪb ər əˌlaɪz, ˈlɪb rə- /
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verb (used with or without object), lib·er·al·ized, lib·er·al·iz·ing.

to make or become liberal.

Nearby words

  1. liberalia,
  2. liberalisation,
  3. liberalism,
  4. liberality,
  5. liberalization,
  6. liberally,
  7. liberate,
  8. liberated,
  9. liberation,
  10. liberation theology

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

Origin of liberalize

First recorded in 1765–75; liberal + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for liberalization

liberalize

liberalise

/ (ˈlɪbərəˌlaɪz, ˈlɪbrə-) /

verb

to make or become liberal
Derived Formsliberalization or liberalisation, nounliberalizer or liberaliser, noun

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Word Origin and History for liberalization
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