legitimatize

verb

le·​git·​i·​ma·​tize li-ˈji-tə-mə-ˌtīz How to pronounce legitimatize (audio)
legitimatized; legitimatizing

Examples of legitimatize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taylor told me that the battle to legitimatize long COVID echoes her prior work as an advocate for people, her mother among them, who suffer from chronic-fatigue syndrome, a mysterious illness also characterized by brain fog, exertional fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 But, more often than not, Democrats legitimatize the G.O.P.’s crime panic. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2022 As Attorney General, Sessions cited the Bible verse Romans 13 to legitimatize the Trump administration’s migrant policies. al, 10 July 2020 By giving these like-minded traditionalists a name, Bazilian legitimatized a movement. Washington Post, 27 May 2020 There’s the Third Wave, once the emergency becomes imminent (the stores get crowded), and then the Fourth Wave, after city officials legitimatize the Bad Thing. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2020 Harcourt, a professor of history at Austin College, is particularly good at showing how anti-Klan cultural productions helped legitimatize the Klan’s views. Eric Herschthal, New Republic, 16 Jan. 2018 And that legitimacy and trust in terms of its consumer application will have to be legitimatized by a brand and a brick and mortar environment, where the consumer has trust and confidence in the company that is providing the transaction. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of legitimatize was in 1693

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“Legitimatize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legitimatize. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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