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legalize

verb [T] uk (UK usually legalise)   /ˈliː.ɡəl.aɪz/ us  
to allow something by law: The Irish government announced it was to legalize homosexuality.
legalization
noun [U] uk (UK usually legalisation)   /ˌliː.ɡəl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us  
the legalization of drugs
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