Definition of legitimize in English:


Syllabification: le·git·i·mize
Pronunciation: /ləˈjidəˌmīz


[with object]
Make legitimate: voters legitimize the government through the election of public officials
More example sentences
  • Nor does she think that the legislation legitimising it is likely to be revoked in the near future.
  • Now he is suggesting that such steps be legitimized and sanctioned in advance.
  • The legal institution of marriage legitimises some relationships and denies others.
validate, legitimate, permit, authorize, sanction, license, condone, justify, endorse, support; legalize



Pronunciation: /liˌjitəməˈzāSHən/
More example sentences
  • All this has lent a sort of legitimization to the reoccupation, the bombings, and the arrests.
  • It provides the legitimization of external sovereignty and some legal protection against aggression.
  • This is nothing less than the legitimization of the lynch mob.

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