Definition of legitimize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//lɪˈdʒɪtəmaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪˈdʒɪtəmaɪz//
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they legitimize
    BrE BrE//lɪˈdʒɪtəmaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪˈdʒɪtəmaɪz//
    he / she / it legitimizes
    BrE BrE//lɪˈdʒɪtəmaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪˈdʒɪtəmaɪzɪz//
    past simple legitimized
    BrE BrE//lɪˈdʒɪtəmaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪˈdʒɪtəmaɪzd//
    past participle legitimized
    BrE BrE//lɪˈdʒɪtəmaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪˈdʒɪtəmaɪzd//
    -ing form legitimizing
    BrE BrE//lɪˈdʒɪtəmaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪˈdʒɪtəmaɪzɪŋ//
    Legal processes
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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 See related entries: Legal processes
  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 American Dictionary entry: legitimize