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English definition of “legitimize”

legitimize

verb [T] (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 .Legislation and law-making
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