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liberalize

verb [I/T]  /ˈlɪb·ər·əˌlɑɪz/ us  

liberalize verb [I/T] (BE SOCIALLY LIBERAL)

to allow many different types of beliefs or behavior, or to allow for changes in the way things are done: [T] They have plans to liberalize the prison system (= make it less severe).

liberalize verb [I/T] (BE POLITICALLY LIBERAL)

to make new laws when necessary because of changing conditions and to depend on the government to provide social services: [T] efforts to liberalize the nation's immigration laws. (= make it easier for someone from another country to become a citizen).
liberalism
noun [U]  /ˈlɪb·ər·əˌlɪz·əm/ us  
She opposes liberalism and big-government solutions.
liberalization
noun [U]  /ˌlɪb·ər·ə·ləˈzeɪ·ʃən/ us  
political/trade liberalization
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