American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make liberal or more liberal: "Our standards of private conduct have been greatly liberalized . . . over recent years” ( Meg Greenfield).
- v. To become liberal or more liberal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render liberal; enlarge the freedom or scope of; free from narrowness or prejudice: as, to liberalize the institutions of a country.
- To become liberal.
- Also spelled liberalise.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make liberal; to free from narrow views or prejudices; to make less strict.
- v. make liberal or more liberal, of laws and rules
- v. become more liberal
“The failure to liberalize is certainly expensive: estimates of the worldwide losses stemming from trade barriers vary, but over time the cost will surely run into the trillions of dollars.”
“The sentence, which initially said that all members present had agreed to liberalize the telecommunications market to competition, was moved a paragraph up and slightly altered-. minus the word liberalize-to ultimately convey the same message and appease the two labor representatives at the meeting.”
“You would kiss health care for all good-bye, because the lords of high finance would say: you must pay off this debt first, and the only way is to "liberalize" - your markets.”
“Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet voted to "liberalize" the procedures under which Israel has allowed goods into Gaza for the past four years.”
“The ministers decided after their marathon talks on Wednesday and Thursday to "liberalize”
“Al Ahram, one gets the impression that, by trying to make divorce and remarriage easier for Copts, the Egyptian government is attempting to "liberalize" Coptic society - only to be challenged by an antiquated pope not open to "reform.”
“In the span of four years, Google has tested, and for the moment shockingly rejected, a thesis that an entire community of corporations and nations has relied on in part to justify doing business with China for decades: that engagement will "liberalize" China, and that the citizens of an increasingly prosperous and globally integrated China will one day rise up and slip loose the bonds of tyranny.”
“Etheridge explains that "the Arab Gulf states adopt the lingo and mechanisms of the West-they 'liberalize', they 'privatize'.”
“liberalize" the school, accommodating more than 1500 girls.”
“In another e-mail, Ely mocked former school board president Jeff Janiszewski, while praising Raucci's uncompromising leadership style: "I'm still stuck on the concept of him trying to 'liberalize' you.”
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