legitimize

[ li-jit-uh-mahyz ]
/ lɪˈdʒɪt əˌmaɪz /

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 forms

le·git·i·mi·za·tion, noun

Can be confused

legitimate legitimize
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British Dictionary definitions for legitimize

legitimize

legitimise legitimatize or legitimatise (lɪˈdʒɪtɪməˌtaɪz)

/ (lɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to make legitimate; legalize

Derived Forms

legitimization, legitimisation, legitimatization or legitimatisation, noun
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