legitimize

[li-jit-uh-mahyz]
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verb (used with object), le·git·i·mized, le·git·i·miz·ing.

to make legitimate.

Also especially British, le·git·i·mise.

Origin of legitimize

1840–50; < Latin lēgitim(us) (see legitim) + -ize
Related formsle·git·i·mi·za·tion, noun
Can be confusedlegitimate legitimize
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legitimize

legitimise legitimatize or legitimatise (lɪˈdʒɪtɪməˌtaɪz)

verb

(tr) to make legitimate; legalize
Derived Formslegitimization, legitimisation, legitimatization or legitimatisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for legitimization

legitimize

v.

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

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