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legalize

[lee-guh-lahyz] /ˈli gəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), legalized, legalizing.
1.
to make legal; authorize.
Also, especially British, legalise.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; legal + -ize
Related forms
legalization, noun
unlegalized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for legalization

legalize

/ˈliːɡəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make lawful or legal
2.
to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)
Derived Forms
legalization, legalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for legalization
n.

1805, noun of action from legalize.

legalize

v.

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

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