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legitimize

verb [T] uk (UK usually legitimise)   /ləˈdʒɪt.ɪ.maɪz/ us    /-ˈdʒɪt̬-/ (US legitimate) formal
to make something legal or acceptable: The government fears that talking to terrorists might legitimize their violent actions.
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