Pronunciation: (krim'u-nl-īz"), [key]
—v.t., -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to make punishable as a crime: To reduce the graffiti on subway cars, he wants to criminalize the selling of spray paint to minors.
2. to make a criminal of: Drug use has criminalized him. Also, esp. Brit.,crim'i•nal•ise".
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