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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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 The document sought to legitimize the prosecution of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Lobbyist gets probation in case spun off from Russia probe," 13 Apr. 2019 Social media adds to the confusion: Oblivious endorsements from friends and trendsetters legitimize attractions before a traveler ever gets near an animal. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism," 12 June 2019 This means that a transitional constitutional framework is necessary to legitimize the continuing exercise of power. Adem K Abebe, Quartz Africa, "In Sudan, the African Union reminds us it still has a key role in tackling the continent’s crises," 7 June 2019 Despite the bad blood between their houses, Dany legitimizes Gendry and makes him Lord of Storm's End, the seat of House Baratheon. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gendry Really Tried to Shoot His Shot on Game of Thrones," 6 May 2019 The concert struck a blow for racial progress and helped legitimize jazz as a music with deep roots and inarguable worth. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, "The Concert That Changed Music History," 24 Dec. 2018

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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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