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legitimize

[li-jit-uh-mahyz] /lɪˈdʒɪt əˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), legitimized, legitimizing.
1.
to make legitimate.
Also, especially British, legitimise.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < Latin lēgitim(us) (see legitim) + -ize
Related forms
legitimization, noun
Can be confused
legitimate, legitimize.
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British Dictionary definitions for legitimise

legitimize

/lɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make legitimate; legalize
Derived Forms
legitimization, legitimisation, legitimatization, legitimatisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for legitimise
legitimize
1848, from L. legitimus (see legitimate). Earlier was legitimatize (1791).
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