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legitimize

[li-jit-uh-mahyz] /lɪˈdʒɪt əˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), legitimized, legitimizing.
1.
to make legitimate.
Also, especially British, legitimise.
Origin of legitimize
1840-1850
1840-50; < Latin lēgitim(us) (see legitim) + -ize
Related forms
legitimization, noun
Can be confused
legitimate, legitimize.
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  • Very well; I'll legitimize him by marrying the young Clementine.

  • No easy-going doctrines, then, to legitimize vice, says Ozanam.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • If the woman has won you round to legitimize the connection, first, I've a proper claim to see her marriage lines.

  • He did not dare ask Charity for a divorce in order that he might legitimize this byblow of his.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • It is time, if they are well founded, to give a solemn stamp to their certainty, and legitimize their existence.

    The Ruins C. F. [Constantin Francois de] Volney
British Dictionary definitions for legitimize

legitimize

/lɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make legitimate; legalize
Derived Forms
legitimization, legitimisation, legitimatization, legitimatisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for legitimize
v.

1795, from Latin legitimus (see legitimate) + -ize. Earlier was legitimatize (1791). Related: Legitimized; legitimizing.

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