Definition of criminalize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    criminalize

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈkrɪmənəˌlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they criminalize
     
    he / she / it criminalizes
     
    past simple criminalized
     
    -ing form criminalizing
     
     
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  1. 1criminalize something to make something illegal by passing a new law The use of opium was not criminalized until fairly recently.
  2. 2criminalize somebody to treat someone as a criminal Many gay people felt that they were being criminalized for having relationships.
criminalization
 
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NAmE//ˌkrɪmənələˈzeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
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