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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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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