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English definition of “legitimize”

legitimize

verb [T] (UK also legitimise)     /ləˈdʒɪtɪmaɪz/
to make something that is not fair or honest seem acceptable : He called efforts to legitimize medical marijuana " despicable ".
LAW to make something operate in a way that is legal : Many registered companies maintain that the licensing process is the only way to legitimize the industry .
(Definition of legitimize verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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