to make legitimate.
- Also especially British, le·git·i·mise .
- Also le·git·i·ma·tize, especially British, le·git·i·ma·tise [li-jit-uh-muh-tahyz] /lɪˈdʒɪt ə məˌtaɪz/ .
- le·git·i·mi·za·tion, noun
- legitimate, legitimize
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How to use legitimize in a sentence
This is the sanction invoked to legitimise every adventure in invasion and colonisation.The Open Secret of Ireland | T. M. Kettle
In them Goethe's words were fulfilled: "None are so Legitimist as those who can legitimise themselves."
Carlo Malatesta went to infinite trouble to legitimise Galeotto and Sigismondo, his brother's illegitimate children.Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, Volume I (of 3) | James Dennistoun
To-day or never he will say to me, 'A marriage must legitimise the birth of our child!'The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 6 of 6 | Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for legitimize
(tr) to make legitimate; legalize
- legitimization, legitimisation, legitimatization or legitimatisation, noun
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