legitimatize

[li-jit-uh-muh-tahyz]

verb (used with object), le·git·i·ma·tized, le·git·i·ma·tiz·ing.

to make legitimate.

Nearby words

  1. legitim,
  2. legitimacy,
  3. legitimate,
  4. legitimate government,
  5. legitimation,
  6. legitime,
  7. legitimism,
  8. legitimist,
  9. legitimize,
  10. leglen

Also especially British, le·git·i·ma·tise.

Origin of legitimatize

First recorded in 1785–95; legitimate + -ize

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