le·​git | \ li-ˈjit How to pronounce legit (audio) \

Definition of legit

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: legitimate: such as
a : accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements a legit business Nolan, a retired thief, is 50-ish and legit now, owner of a successful shopping-mall restaurant …Publishers Weekly Set in Las Vegas in the '70s and '80s, "Casino" shows a mob man … trying to go legit while running a casino, but being dragged back into bloody conflict by a ruthless colleague …— Bruce Westbrook
b : being exactly as intended or presented : not spurious or false The offer is legit. "So, I double-checked the e-mail address, which looked legit, and I called the guy, and he seemed legit."— Robert Kuttner also : being an actual example of something specified Phone addiction is a legit threat on the roads … — Cam Fuller But Betty … even goes out of her way to hurt Veronica by trying to strike up a new friendship with Cheryl Blossom. Cheryl is a legit psycho though and a total creep, so that doesn't last long. — Benjamin Bailey
c : genuinely good, impressive, or capable of success They have a legit shot at winning the championship. "She had this bad habit of making all her shots," said Washington coach Phil Chase. "Let's face it. She's legit."USA Today For all the crap Killington takes, it's still one huge place with plenty of legit terrain and good skiers.Skiing
d : conforming to recognized principles or accepted rules and standards He has a legit claim to a rematch. also : fair or reasonable : valid a legit question/concern There's an upside to your discomfort: It's a legit excuse to get a weekly massage. — Richard Lalibert



Definition of legit (Entry 2 of 2)

: really, actually used for emphasis "… I got a lot going on, and I don't remember things very well, and I forgot. I legit forgot."— Kristen Bell "I legit tracked down the neighborhood ice cream truck guy and hit him up until he agreed to show on my block the day of the shoot. … "— Miss Eaves "Now, I didn't want to be one of the people disappointed in the finale. But I legit don't know what's happening. It's like they just gave up on a storyline."— DeRay Mckesson "I think we legit overpowered our monitors," country singer Brett Kissel proclaimed late in the evening at the Palomino Smokehouse in downtown Calgary.— David Friend

Synonyms & Antonyms for legit

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of legit in a Sentence

Adjective What she's doing is perfectly legit. All I want is a legit chance to succeed.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Fake Charitable Organization Find out if the charity is legit. Nancy L. Anderson, Forbes, 6 May 2022 That confession came after many news outlets, including USA TODAY, had asked before running stories about the name change whether the deal was a prank but were told the announcement was legit. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 Saint Peter’s may not go all the way, but this team is legit and isn’t backing down. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2022 If the photos are clinically legit, there should very little difference between the two in terms of lighting, head positioning, and distance. Maura Lynch, Allure, 28 Oct. 2021 Smith admits Corral is legit but isn’t buying what Tebow is selling. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 1 Oct. 2021 Deandra wisely seems to see through these attempts to buy her affection, pondering how legit any of this is. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 1 Sep. 2021 Highs and lows inevitably are part of the growth process for an inexperienced big-leaguer, but Rodríguez’s stuff is legit and should play well at the major-league level. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, 2 Aug. 2021 In paneling a wide selection of media members covering the league, The Republic discovered the Booker MVP talk is legit, but the Phoenix Suns All-Star is not a favorite to win the award this season. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of legit


1907, in the meaning defined above


1998, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2022

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“Legit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legit. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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