legitimize

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

verb (used with object), le·git·i·mized, le·git·i·miz·ing.

to make legitimate.

Nearby words

  1. legitimation,
  2. legitimatize,
  3. legitime,
  4. legitimism,
  5. legitimist,
  6. leglen,
  7. legless,
  8. legman,
  9. legnica,
  10. lego

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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British Dictionary definitions for legitimize

legitimize

legitimise legitimatize or legitimatise (lɪˈdʒɪtɪməˌtaɪz)

/ (lɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to make legitimate; legalize
Derived Formslegitimization, legitimisation, legitimatization or legitimatisation, noun

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Word Origin and History for legitimize

legitimize

v.

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

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