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legitimize (v.)

1795, from Latin legitimus "lawful" (see legitimate (adj.)) + -ize. Earlier were legitimatize (1791), legitimate (1590s). Related: Legitimized; legitimizing; legitimization.

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Definitions of legitimize from WordNet

legitimize (v.)
make legal;
Synonyms: legalize / legalise / decriminalize / decriminalise / legitimise / legitimate / legitimatize / legitimatise
From wordnet.princeton.edu