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 legitimization (audio) \ noun
legitimizer \ li-​ˈji-​tə-​ˌmī-​zər How to pronounce legitimizer (audio) \ noun

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If Oregon’s coming off a win, the week will be spent basking in the glory of legitimizing a claim to returning to national prominence. oregonlive.com, "Oregon opponent early scouting report: Nevada," 9 July 2019 Again, few surprises here: Ser Brienne, Ser Davos, and now Lord Gendry (after Daenerys legitimized him and named him Lord of Storm's End in Episode 4) all took part in the Battle of Winterfell and earned a place on this council. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's Everyone Who Made a Cameo on the Council in the Game of Thrones Finale," 21 May 2019 Coins are small vessels through which a state can legitimize itself. Gail Fletcher, National Geographic, "See what Europe’s coins looked like before the euro," 28 June 2019 For authoritarian regimes like China’s, history is power, because their political systems are legitimized through myths. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "China’s ‘Black Week-end’," 17 June 2019 These movements to mobilize teenagers come at a time when activism by high school students is being legitimized on a national scale. Anna Orso, Philly.com, "These Philly-area teens got 100 classmates to register to vote. Now, they're taking the next step," 5 Apr. 2018 Once in Cleveland, Henke worked tirelessly to legitimize the museum, using his contacts among artists and music industry insiders to sell people on making contributions and loans of artifacts. Michael Norman, cleveland.com, "Remembering an architect of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: A tribute to James Henke," 11 July 2019 But some Israeli security experts say Netanyahu has strategically sustained the militant group while simultaneously de-legitimizing the Palestinian Authority in order to avoid making compromises that would harm him domestically. Time, "Netanyahu Keeps Plans on West Bank Annexation Close to His Chest," 11 July 2019 But this strategy runs the risk of continuing to legitimize parents’ decision not to vaccinate their kids. The Scientific American Staff, Scientific American, "The U.S. Needs to Tighten Vaccination Mandates," 24 June 2019

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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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