Meaning of “criminalize” in the English Dictionary

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"criminalize" in British English

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criminalizeverb [ T ]

UK usually criminalise uk /ˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl.aɪz/ us /ˈkrɪm.ə.nəl.aɪz/

to make something illegal:

The law has criminalized prostitution but not got rid of it.

(Definition of “criminalize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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