Definition of legitimize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    legitimize

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//lɪˈdʒɪt̮əˌmaɪz//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they legitimize
     
    he / she / it legitimizes
     
    past simple legitimized
     
    -ing form legitimizing
     
     
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  1. 1legitimize something to make something that is wrong or unfair seem acceptable The movie has been criticized for apparently legitimizing violence.
  2. 2legitimize something to make something legal synonym legalize
  3. 3legitimize somebody to give a child whose parents are not married to each other the same rights as those whose parents are
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: legitimize