legitimize

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

Definition of legitimize

Other Words from legitimize

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

Examples of legitimize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Doctrine of Discovery, a 15th-century Christian text, was used to legitimize imperialism and the treatment of Indigenous people. NBC News, 3 Apr. 2022 Any settlement could only legitimize Russia’s control of Ukrainian land. Paula Dobriansky And Richard Levine, WSJ, 15 Apr. 2022 The commercialization of the hymen serves to legitimize and propagate harmful misinformation, from which companies ultimately profit. Neda Taghinejadi, Wired, 13 Feb. 2022 The passage of Proposition 64 in 2016 was seen as a watershed moment in the push to legitimize and tax California’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry. Michael R. Blood, chicagotribune.com, 16 Jan. 2022 The passage of Proposition 64 in 2016 was seen as a watershed moment in the push to legitimize and tax California’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry. Michael R. Blood, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Jan. 2022 Theranos' retail partnerships with Safeway and Walgreens helped to legitimize the company, but the Safeway partnership never even got off the ground despite the grocery chain investing millions in the effort. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 9 Oct. 2021 More than 240 international nongovernmental organizations, many of them human rights groups, issued a statement last week urging governments, athletes and sponsors to not legitimize China’s abuses. Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2022 People have forgotten this, thinking of publishers solely as kingmakers that will legitimize the efforts of the downtrodden artist. Jesse Damiani, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of legitimize

1646, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2022

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“Legitimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/legitimize. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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legitimize

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

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