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"legitimize" in British English

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legitimizeverb [T]

(UK usually legitimise) uk   /ləˈdʒɪt.ɪ.maɪz/  us   /-ˈdʒɪt̬-/ (US also legitimate) formal
to make something ​legal or ​acceptable: The ​governmentfears that ​talking to ​terrorists might legitimize ​theirviolentactions.
(Definition of legitimize from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"legitimize" in American English

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legitimizeverb [T]

 us   /ləˈdʒɪt̬·əˌmɑɪz/ (also legitimate,  /ləˈdʒɪt̬·əˌmeɪt/ )
to make something ​legal or ​acceptable
(Definition of legitimize from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"legitimize" in Business English

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legitimizeverb [T]

(UK also legitimise) uk   us   /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 ​registeredcompaniesmaintain that the ​licensingprocess is the only way to legitimize the ​industry.
(Definition of legitimize from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “legitimize”
in Chinese (Simplified) 合法化, 合理化…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使…合法, 使…合理…
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