Definition of “legitimize” - English Dictionary

(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

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“legitimize” in Business English

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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)