liberalize

liberalize
[[t]lɪ̱brəlaɪz[/t]]
liberalizes, liberalizing, liberalized
When a country or government liberalizes, or liberalizes its laws or its attitudes, it becomes less strict and allows people more freedom in their actions.

...authoritarian states that have only now begun to liberalise.

[V n] ...the decision to liberalize travel restrictions.

Derived words:
liberalization [[t]lɪ̱brəlaɪze͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT oft N of n

...the liberalization of divorce laws in the late 1960s.

(in BRIT, also use liberalise)

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Liberalize — may refer to * Liberalism, a broad array of related ideas and theories of government that advocate individual liberty. * Liberalization, relaxation of previous government restrictions, usually in areas of social or economic policy …   Wikipedia

  • liberalize — v. To remove restrictions. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • liberalize — 1774, from LIBERAL (Cf. liberal) (adj.) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Liberalized; liberalizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • liberalize — (Amer.) lib·er·al·ize || lɪbÉ™rlaɪz v. make liberal; become liberal (also liberalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • liberalize — (also liberalise) ► VERB ▪ remove or loosen restrictions on (something, typically an economic or political system). DERIVATIVES liberalization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • liberalize — [lib′ər əl īz΄, lib′rəl īz΄] vt., vi. liberalized, liberalizing to make or become liberal liberalization n. liberalizer n …   English World dictionary

  • liberalize — UK [ˈlɪb(ə)rəlaɪz] / US [ˈlɪb(ə)rəˌlaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms liberalize : present tense I/you/we/they liberalize he/she/it liberalizes present participle liberalizing past tense liberalized past participle liberalized to make laws or… …   English dictionary

  • liberalize — verb Liberalize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑economy, ↑regulation, ↑trade …   Collocations dictionary

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