legalize

legalize

[lee-guh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), legalized, legalizing.
to make legal; authorize.
Also, especially British, legalise.


Origin:
1710–20; legal + -ize

legalization, noun
unlegalized, adjective
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legalize or legalise (ˈliːɡəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to make lawful or legal
2.  to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)
 
legalise or legalise
 
vb
 
legali'zation or legalise
 
n
 
legali'sation or legalise
 
n

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legalize
1716, from legal + -ize. Related: Legalization (1805).
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