Definition of legalize in English:

legalize

(also legalise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make (something that was previously illegal) permissible by law.

    ‘the Swiss parliament legalized cannabis’
    • ‘The country, now called the State of Mongolia, adopted a new democratic constitution, which legalized private ownership.’
    • ‘But in terms of individual possession there have been frequent calls for cannabis to be legalized.’
    • ‘Arkansans defeated the plan to create a state lottery and legalize casino gambling in six counties.’
    • ‘It's time to fix the bankruptcy law that has legalized the corporate robbery of workers.’
    • ‘The bill legalises perjury, and that is something we find to be offensive.’
    • ‘When the movement to legalize abortion began, advocates talked about the human costs of prohibition.’
    • ‘For less than a year it was legalised by statute in the Northern Territory of Australia.’
    • ‘Two years later, the government introduced another measure legalizing civil marriage.’
    • ‘So, should prostitution be legalised, decriminalised or are things best the way they are at the moment?’
    • ‘Changing the legislation to legalise a practice that had been illegally in operation for some time was sensible.’
    • ‘Alaska's ballot measure attempts to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older.’
    • ‘In my opinion if prostitution is legalised and they are accepted into the community hundreds of lives could be saved.’
    • ‘However, it was decided the owner of the signboard will be forced to remove the structure as there is no official authorization document that legalizes its status.’
    • ‘Having a marriage certificate legalises the partnership, but it doesn't guarantee happiness either for the couple or their children.’
    • ‘The county had a vote on whether to continue to allow legalized prostitution, or to ban it.’
    • ‘Dr Anthony offered no statistics whatsoever to justify the government's determination to legalize certain abortions.’
    • ‘In Nevada a measure that would have legalized possession of up to three ounces of the drug failed to gain the support it needed.’
    • ‘And if you legalize it you can regulate it and get it out of the hands of organized crime.’
    • ‘The Spanish government has approved a draft law which will legalise homosexual marriages.’
    • ‘At least if marijuana is legalized it can be regulated.’
    make legal, decriminalize, legitimize, legitimatize, legitimate, validate, ratify, permit, allow, admit, accept, authorize, sanction, warrant, license, approve, countenance, pronounce lawful, give the stamp of approval to
    regularize, regulate, normalize
    ok, give the go-ahead to, give the thumbs up to, give the ok to, give the green light to, say the word, give one's blessing to
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Pronunciation:

legalize

/ˈliːɡ(ə)lʌɪz/