Definition of criminalize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    criminalize

     verb
    (British English also -ise)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they criminalize
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz//
     
    he / she / it criminalizes
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple criminalized
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzd//
     
    past participle criminalized
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzd//
     
    -ing form criminalizing
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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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 make somebody a criminal by making their activities illegal The law would criminalize parents who take their children out of school to go on holiday.
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