- 1criminalize something to make something illegal by passing a new law The use of opium was not criminalized until fairly recently.
- 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.
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//