le·​git·​i·​mize | \ li-ˈji-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce legitimize (audio) \
legitimized; legitimizing

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legitimization \ li-​ˌji-​tə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce legitimize (audio) \ noun
legitimizer \ li-​ˈji-​tə-​ˌmī-​zər How to pronounce legitimize (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Palestinian residents are eligible for Israeli citizenship but most have rejected it so as not to legitimize Israel's claims to the city. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "EXPLAINER: Jerusalem dispute could derail Palestinian vote," 19 Apr. 2021 Since the 1890s, settlers in the Twin Territories had advocated statehood to legitimize their encroachment on land that wasn’t theirs. Victor Luckerson, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Promise of Oklahoma," 17 Mar. 2021 Inadvertently, the British helped legitimize and popularize the Kumbh Mela as the supreme sacred festival. Tulasi Srinivas, The Conversation, "India prepares for Kumbh Mela, world’s largest religious gathering, amid COVID-19 fears," 8 Apr. 2021 And hosting the 2022 Senior PGA Championship will further legitimize it as a great golf destination that’s easily driveable for Midwesterners. Scott Kramer, Forbes, "How Golf Transformed This Lake Michigan Community," 12 Mar. 2021 For decades now, marginalized patients who have felt mysteriously unwell—with ME/CFS, with post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and more—have banded together into activist groups to try to legitimize their suffering. Meghan O'rourke, The Atlantic, "The Quest to Unlock the Mysteries of Long COVID," 8 Mar. 2021 On the other hand, AI can legitimize existing prejudice and bias under a veneer of innovation. Eugene Chuvyrov, Forbes, "Biased Data, Biased Decisions," 19 Mar. 2021 One of the pivotal figures in pro football history, Namath’s victory guarantee and subsequent MVP performance in Super Bowl III helped legitimize the AFL-NFL merger. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Alabama’s greatest 100 football players: 2020 season update," 8 Mar. 2021 Most of the workers in the warehouse are Black, according to union organizers, and the backing from Black Lives Matter could help further legitimize the cause. Joseph Pisani, ajc, "Black Lives Matter backs Amazon union push in Alabama," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of legitimize

1646, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2021

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“Legitimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legitimize. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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transitive verb
le·​git·​i·​mize | \ lə-ˈji-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce legitimize (audio) \
legitimized; legitimizing

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