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legitimatize

[li-jit-uh-muh-tahyz] /lɪˈdʒɪt ə məˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), legitimatized, legitimatizing.
1.
to make legitimate.
Also, especially British, legitimatise.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; legitimate + -ize
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