What does legalize mean?

Definitions for legalize
ˈli gəˌlaɪzle·gal·ize

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. legalize, legalise, decriminalize, decriminalise, legitimize, legitimise, legitimate, legitimatize, legitimatiseverb

    make legal

    "Marijuana should be legalized"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Legalizeverb

    To authorize; to make lawful.

    Etymology: legaliser, French; from legal.

    If any thing can legalize revenge, it should be injury from an extremely obliged person: but revenge is so absolutely the peculiar of heaven, that no consideration can impower, even the best men, to assume the execution of it. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. legalize

    Legalize refers to the act of making something that is currently illegal or not authorized, permissible and acceptable under the law or officially recognized and enforceable by the law.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Legalizeverb

    to make legal

  2. Legalizeverb

    to interpret or apply in a legal spirit

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. lgaliser.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of legalize in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of legalize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of legalize in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Ruff:

    Legalize Physics

  2. Kelly Clarkson:

    I’m not even a pothead, I just think it’s funny that we legalize something as destructive as alcohol or pills and not that.

  3. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders:

    The state wants to go forward, they should be able to go forward without legal impediments from the federal government, and that's what this legislation is about, colorado wants to legalize marijuana, it's their decision. If Alabama does not want to legalize marijuana, that's their decision. But if a state wants to go forward, it should be able to do so without impediments from the federal government, which now prevent stores that sell marijuana from using banks, because that's in violation of federal law.

  4. Nirmala Sitharaman:

    I am not doing anything to legalize it or ban it or not legalize it, banning or not banning will come subsequently... But I will tax because it is a sovereign right.

  5. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser:

    In November, residents of the District of Columbia voted to legalize small amounts of marijuana by adults for personal, in-home use in the District, we will uphold the letter and the spirit of the initiative that was passed last year.

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