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

Examples of legitimize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That was the lightning bolt that legitimized this franchise. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Chris Harrison previews Bachelor best-of show, gives Bachelorette update," 4 May 2020 The proposal specifically opts for two in order to establish a legal precedent, legitimizing the maneuver as a valid funding option, Tankus notes. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "How does America pay for a $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill? With 2 shiny coins, this lawmaker argues," 25 Mar. 2020 North Korea’s objectives of easing international economic sanctions, legitimizing its new nuclear deterrent, and normalizing relations were unmet, as well. Ved Nanda, The Denver Post, "Nanda: Convince Kim Jong Un that America not only can but is willing to use military force," 27 Dec. 2019 They were amplified and legitimized by police departments that issued warnings despite little to no evidence of door-to-door scammers. NBC News, "Door-to-door 'coronavirus tester' hoax circles the globe, boosted by local media and police departments," 13 Mar. 2020 More puzzling is that the fashion establishment should legitimize the display. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "The Controversy Around Kanye West Isn’t Enough To Keep Fashion People Away," 3 Mar. 2020 What Dear White People was trying to do was lampoon whiteness and legitimize blackness, which is the ultimate obsession of hashtag TV—the case for authenticity. Jason Parham, Wired, "The Rise and Limits of Hashtag TV," 18 Apr. 2020 The Jets capped the 1968 season by beating the Baltimore Colts 16-7 in the biggest upset in Super Bowl history -- a win that legitimized the AFL and was made doubly famous by quarterback Joe Namath’s guarantee of victory. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "NFL’s greatest-moment choices feature Alabama alumni," 2 Jan. 2020 The fact that the victim is making payments of principle and interest might legitimize the claim. cleveland, "Dear Annie: My son is in an abusive relationship and I hate to see him suffer in silence. What can I do?," 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of legitimize

1646, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jun 2020

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“Legitimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legitimize. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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