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"legitimize" in British English

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legitimizeverb [T]

UK usually legitimise uk   /ləˈdʒɪt.ə.maɪz/ us   /ləˈdʒɪt̬.ə.maɪz/ US also legitimate formal
to make something legal or acceptable: The government fears that talking to terrorists might legitimize their violent actions.
(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)

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legitimizeverb [T]

UK also legitimise uk   /ləˈdʒɪtɪmaɪz/ us  
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)
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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