transitive verbcrim·i·nal·ized, crim·i·nal·iz·ing, crim·i·nal·iz·es
- To impose a criminal penalty on or for; outlaw.
- To treat as a criminal.
(third-person singular simple present criminalizes, present participle criminalizing, simple past and past participle criminalized)
criminal + -ize
criminalize - Legal Definition
- To make a particular conduct or omission a crime and to establish penal sanctions for it.
- To make a person, or to be the cause of making that person, a criminal. See also decriminalization.