- to make legitimate.
Also especially British, le·git·i·mise.
Origin of legitimize
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Examples from the Web for legitimization
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Of course, it took the legitimization of the ultra sexy corset for women to decide to abandon it.What Lies Beneath: How Lingerie Got Sexy
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legitimise legitimatize or legitimatise (lɪˈdʒɪtɪməˌtaɪz)
- (tr) to make legitimate; legalize
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Word Origin and History for legitimization
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