liberalize 1774, from LIBERAL (Cf. liberal) (adj.) + -IZE (Cf. -ize). Related: Liberalized; liberalizing.

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  • liberalize — lib‧e‧ral‧ize [ˈlɪbrəlaɪz] also liberalise verb [transitive] to make rules or controls on something less strict: • The President promised to push ahead with his commitment to liberalize the economy. liberalizer also liberaliser …   Financial and business terms

  • Liberalize — Lib er*al*ize (l[i^]b [ e]r*al*[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Liberalized} ( [imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Liberalizing} ( [imac] z[i^]ng).] [Cf. F. lib[ e]raliser.] To make liberal; to free from narrow views or prejudices; to make less strict.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — (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

  • liberalize — [[t]lɪ̱brəlaɪz[/t]] liberalizes, liberalizing, liberalized VERB 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… …   English dictionary

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