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le·gal·ize

 (lē′gə-līz′)
tr.v. le·gal·ized, le·gal·iz·ing, le·gal·iz·es
To make legal or lawful; authorize or sanction by law: legalize gambling.

le′gal·i·za′tion (-gə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
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legalize

(ˈliːɡəˌlaɪz) or

legalise

vb (tr)
1. (Law) to make lawful or legal
2. (Law) to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)
ˌlegaliˈzation, ˌlegaliˈsation n
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le•gal•ize

(ˈli gəˌlaɪz)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to make legal; authorize.
[1710–20]
le`gal•i•za′tion, n.
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legalize


Past participle: legalized
Gerund: legalizing

Imperative
legalize
legalize
Present
I legalize
you legalize
he/she/it legalizes
we legalize
you legalize
they legalize
Preterite
I legalized
you legalized
he/she/it legalized
we legalized
you legalized
they legalized
Present Continuous
I am legalizing
you are legalizing
he/she/it is legalizing
we are legalizing
you are legalizing
they are legalizing
Present Perfect
I have legalized
you have legalized
he/she/it has legalized
we have legalized
you have legalized
they have legalized
Past Continuous
I was legalizing
you were legalizing
he/she/it was legalizing
we were legalizing
you were legalizing
they were legalizing
Past Perfect
I had legalized
you had legalized
he/she/it had legalized
we had legalized
you had legalized
they had legalized
Future
I will legalize
you will legalize
he/she/it will legalize
we will legalize
you will legalize
they will legalize
Future Perfect
I will have legalized
you will have legalized
he/she/it will have legalized
we will have legalized
you will have legalized
they will have legalized
Future Continuous
I will be legalizing
you will be legalizing
he/she/it will be legalizing
we will be legalizing
you will be legalizing
they will be legalizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been legalizing
you have been legalizing
he/she/it has been legalizing
we have been legalizing
you have been legalizing
they have been legalizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been legalizing
you will have been legalizing
he/she/it will have been legalizing
we will have been legalizing
you will have been legalizing
they will have been legalizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been legalizing
you had been legalizing
he/she/it had been legalizing
we had been legalizing
you had been legalizing
they had been legalizing
Conditional
I would legalize
you would legalize
he/she/it would legalize
we would legalize
you would legalize
they would legalize
Past Conditional
I would have legalized
you would have legalized
he/she/it would have legalized
we would have legalized
you would have legalized
they would have legalized
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.legalize - make legal; "Marijuana should be legalized"
countenance, permit, allow, let - consent to, give permission; "She permitted her son to visit her estranged husband"; "I won't let the police search her basement"; "I cannot allow you to see your exam"
monetise, monetize - give legal value to or establish as the legal tender of a country; "They monetized the lira"
criminalise, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw, criminalize - declare illegal; outlaw; "Marijuana is criminalized in the U.S."
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legalize

legalise
verb permit, allow, approve, sanction, license, legitimate, authorize, validate, legitimize, make legal, decriminalize Divorce was legalized in 1981.
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legalize

verb
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Translations
legalizovat
legaliserelovfæste
törvényesít
lögleiîa
legalizovať
yasallaştırmak

legalize

[ˈliːgəlaɪz] VT [+ document, political party] → legalizar; [+ drugs, euthanasia, abortion] → legalizar, despenalizar
to legalize one's positionlegalizar la situación
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legalize

[ˈliːgəlaɪz] legalise (British) vtlégaliser
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legalize

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legalize

[ˈliːgəˌlaɪz] vtlegalizzare
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legal

(ˈliːgəl) adjective
1. lawful; allowed by the law. Is it legal to bring gold watches into the country?; a legal contract.
2. concerned with or used in the law. the legal profession.
ˈlegally adverb
leˈgality (-ˈgӕ-) noun
ˈlegalize, ˈlegalise verb
to make legal or lawful.
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