legitimize

[li-jit-uh-mahyz]
verb (used with object), legitimized, legitimizing.
to make legitimate.
Also, especially British, legitimise.


Origin:
1840–50; < Latin lēgitim(us) (see legitim) + -ize

legitimization, noun

legitimate, legitimize.
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legitimize, legitimise, legitimatize or legitimatise (lɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmaɪz, lɪˈdʒɪtɪməˌtaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to make legitimate; legalize
 
legitimise, legitimise, legitimatize or legitimatise
 
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legitimatize, legitimise, legitimatize or legitimatise
 
vb
 
legitimatise, legitimise, legitimatize or legitimatise
 
vb
 
legitimi'zation, legitimise, legitimatize or legitimatise
 
n
 
legitimi'sation, legitimise, legitimatize or legitimatise
 
n
 
legitimati'zation, legitimise, legitimatize or legitimatise
 
n
 
legitimati'sation, legitimise, legitimatize or legitimatise
 
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legitimize
1848, from L. legitimus (see legitimate). Earlier was legitimatize (1791).
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Example sentences
They believe farming would only enlarge the market for animal parts and
  legitimize the chain of demand and supply.
The extra coin could go a long way to legitimize web entertainment.
The growing culture of silence helps to legitimize witness intimidation.
But make no mistake: its system does not legitimize autocracy or command
  economics, either.
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