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

 

decriminalize

 verb
(British English also -ise) verb
BrE BrE//diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they decriminalize
BrE BrE//diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz//
 
he / she / it decriminalizes
BrE BrE//diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzɪz//
 
past simple decriminalized
BrE BrE//diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzd//
 
past participle decriminalized
BrE BrE//diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzd//
 
-ing form decriminalizing
BrE BrE//diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//diːˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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decriminalize something to change the law so that something is no longer illegal There are moves to decriminalize some soft drugs. opposite criminalize
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: decriminalize