[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

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

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

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