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legitimize

[ li-jit-uh-mahyz ]
/ lɪˈdʒɪt əˌmaɪz /
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verb (used with object), le·git·i·mized, le·git·i·miz·ing.
to make legitimate.
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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/ .

Origin of legitimize

First recorded in 1645–55; from Latin lēgitim(us) (see legitim) + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM legitimize

le·git·i·mi·za·tion, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH legitimize

legitimate, legitimize
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How to use legitimize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for legitimize

legitimize

legitimise legitimatize or legitimatise (lɪˈdʒɪtɪməˌtaɪz)

/ (lɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmaɪz) /

verb
(tr) to make legitimate; legalize

Derived forms of legitimize

legitimization, legitimisation, legitimatization or legitimatisation, noun
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