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legalize

or (especially British) legalise

[lee-guh-lahyz] /ˈli gəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), legalized, legalizing.
1.
to make legal; authorize.
Origin of legalize
1710-1720
1710-20; legal + -ize
Related forms
legalization, noun
unlegalized, adjective
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  • The proposer, Curwen, sought merely to legalize the killing of game started on ground farmed by the occupier.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • Suppose, for instance, England should legalize slaving, again.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Ashburton treaty was not the law of Canada, because the Government had neglected to legalize it by statute.

  • A final effort to legalize slavery in Nova Scotia was made in 1808.

  • The first of these measures was to legalize the position of Dom John, the gallant leader of the people.

British Dictionary definitions for legalize

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 legalize
v.

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

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