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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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  • With the popularity and legitimization of graffiti has come a level of commercialization.
British Dictionary definitions for legitimization

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 legitimization

legitimize

v.

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

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