Meaning of “legalize” in the English Dictionary

"legalize" in British English

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legalizeverb [ T ]

UK usually legalise uk /ˈliː.ɡəl.aɪz/ us /ˈliː.ɡəl.aɪz/
legalization
noun [ U ] UK usually legalisation uk /ˌliː.ɡəl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌliː.ɡəl.əˈzeɪ.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 temporary workers who have become permanent residents.

(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 /ˈliːɡəlaɪz/ us 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)