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legitimize

[ li-jit-uh-mahyz ]
/ l瑟藞d蕭瑟t 蓹藢ma瑟z /
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verb (used with object), le路git路i路mized, le路git路i路miz路ing.
to make legitimate.
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Also especially British, le路git路i路mise . Also le路git路i路ma路tize, especially British, le路git路i路ma路tise [li-jit-uh-muh-tahyz] /l瑟藞d蕭瑟t 蓹 m蓹藢ta瑟z/ .

Origin of legitimize

First recorded in1645鈥55; from Latin l膿gitim(us) (see legitim) + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM legitimize

le路git路i路mi路za路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 (l瑟藞d蕭瑟t瑟m蓹藢ta瑟z)

/ (l瑟藞d蕭瑟t瑟藢ma瑟z) /

verb
(tr) to make legitimate; legalize

Derived forms of legitimize

legitimization, legitimisation, legitimatization or legitimatisation, noun
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