legalize

legalize
le·gal·ize /'lē-gə-ˌlīz/ vt -ized, -iz·ing: to make legal; esp: to give legal validity or sanction to
le·gal·i·za·tion n
le·gal·iz·er n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

legalize
I verb approve, authorize, bring into conformity with law, confirm, confirm by law, decree by law, enact by law, ferre, legislate, legitimate, legitimatize, make lawful, make legal, order by law, permit by law, pronounce legal, sanction, sanction by law, validate II index allow (authorize), authorize, certify (approve), confirm, constitute (establish), formalize, legitimate, notarize, pass (approve), seal (solemnize), validate

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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