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Meaning of “legalize” in the English Dictionary

"legalize" in British English

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legalizeverb [T]

(UK usually legalise) uk   us   /ˈliː.ɡəl.aɪz/
to ​allow something by ​law: Same-sex ​marriages have been legalized in many ​states.
legalization
noun [U] (UK usually legalisation) uk   us   /ˌliː.ɡəl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/
the legalization of ​drugs
(Definition of legalize from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"legalize" in American English

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legalizeverb [T]

 us   /ˈli·ɡəˌlɑɪz/
to ​allow by ​law; make ​legal
legalization
noun [U]  us   /ˌli·ɡə·ləˈzeɪ·ʃən/
Some ​kind of legalization ​plan is ​needed for ​temporaryworkers who have ​becomepermanentresidents.
(Definition of legalize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"legalize" in Business English

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legalizeverb [T]

(UK also legalise) uk   us   /ˈliːɡəlaɪz/ LAW
to make something ​legal when it was previously ​illegal: I'm against legalizing ​drugs.
(Definition of legalize from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “legalize”
in Chinese (Simplified) 使获得法律许可,使合法化…
in Turkish yasallaştırmak, yasaya uygun hale getirmek…
in Russian узаконивать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使獲得法律許可,使合法化…
in Polish zalegalizować…
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