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le·git·i·mize

legitimize

 
pronunciation:
l jI t maIz
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: legitimized, legitimizes, legitimizing
definition 1: to make or declare lawful or legal.
The court legitimized his claim.
synonyms:
legalize, legitimate
antonyms:
outlaw
similar words:
acknowledge, certify, endorse, justify, mandate, ordain, recognize, validate
definition 2: to make acceptable by particular standards or principles; justify.
The establishment of a regulating body legitimized the sport.
synonyms:
justify, validate
similar words:
acknowledge, authenticate, authorize, certify
definition 3: to deem (a child born out of wedlock) to be legitimate.
synonyms:
legitimate
similar words:
acknowledge, recognize
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derivation: legitimization (n.)
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