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[ li-jit-uh-mahyz ]

verb (used with object)

, le·git·i·mized, le·git·i·miz·ing.
  1. to make legitimate.


/ lɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmaɪz; lɪˈdʒɪtɪməˌtaɪz /


  1. tr to make legitimate; legalize

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Derived Forms

  • leˌgitimiˈzation, noun

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Other Words From

  • le·giti·mi·zation noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of legitimize1

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

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Example Sentences

If for some reason it is, the roster circumstances surrounding it will de-legitimize the outcome.

At least eight Democratic senators have met with Barrett — in person or via phone — while a host of others have refused the courtesy sit-downs, saying they do not want to legitimize a confirmation process they say should not occur.

It can be a tool to push back against these systems, but equally it can be a tool to normalize or legitimize these systems.

We’re meeting maybe to legitimize that decision or for somebody to say that was a collective decision even though it wasn’t.

We’re meeting maybe to legitimize that decision or for somebody to say that that was a collective decision even though it wasn’t.

But does simply announcing one has a story automatically legitimize its telling?

For Easley, one of the most important steps to helping her husband was learning to legitimize her own position as a caregiver.

The main radio station was scheduled to announce, and thereby legitimize, the fraudulent results.

Those $2 billion have also served to legitimize the work other companies have been doing to expand the VR experience.

Legitimize contributions of a size that virtually guarantees special attention from office-holders?

If the woman has won you round to legitimize the connection, first, I've a proper claim to see her marriage lines.

No easy-going doctrines, then, to legitimize vice, says Ozanam.

Except as a solemn, sacred rite, there was nothing in our marriage to legitimize our child.

Victory would legitimize and confirm the authority of one, and make it supreme over the whole civilized world.

Again, after introduction to an unmarried lady at a dance, a man is required to properly legitimize the acquaintance.


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