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

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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 Source: Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams Probability of Accuracy: This one seems legit. Wired, "Cantina Talk: There Might Be a New Star Wars Holiday Special," 18 Nov. 2019 The financier and adviser to billionaires seemed legit. Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, "MIT Media Lab offers painful lesson on donations," 8 Sep. 2019 Garrett’s candidacy for defensive player of the year seems legit. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "19 Browns questions in need of answers as the 2019 season begins," 5 Sep. 2019 In an uncertain media market, that many potential customers is too many to forfeit, especially now that leagues have digital products to offer consumers looking to go legit. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Reddit's NBA Streams Subreddit Is Dead, But The Rights Enforcement War Continues," 19 June 2019 But The Hollywood Reporter emailed with the director of marketing at Burger King Germany, who maintained this promotion was legit. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Burger King Germany is reportedly trading The Rise of Skywalker spoilers for Whoppers," 12 Dec. 2019 But the No-Wire Strapless is legit redefining the strapless game, which is probably why the product has sold out five times. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "Meet the $35 strapless bra that's loved by over 70,000 women," 10 Dec. 2019 None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. Washington Post, "NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week," 6 Dec. 2019 None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. San Diego Union-Tribune, "NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week," 18 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of legit was in 1907

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5 Feb 2020

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“Legit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legit. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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