WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
le•git•i•ma•tize  (li jitə mə tīz′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -tized, -tiz•ing. 
  1. to make legitimate.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] le•giti•ma•tise′. 
  • legitimate + -ize 1785–95

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
le•git•i•mize /lɪˈdʒɪtəˌmaɪz/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -mized, -miz•ing. 
  1. to legitimate.
le•git•i•mi•za•tion /lɪˌdʒɪtəməˈzeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]See -leg-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
le•git•i•mize  (li jitə mīz′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -mized, -miz•ing. 
  1. to make legitimate.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] le•giti•mise′.  le•git′i•mi•zation, n. 
  • Latin lēgitim(us) (see legitim) + -ize
  • 1840–50


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

legitimize, legitimise /lɪˈdʒɪtɪˌmaɪz/legitimatize, legitimatise /lɪˈdʒɪtɪməˌtaɪz/ vb
  1. (transitive) to make legitimate; legalize

leˌgitimiˈzation, leˌgitimiˈsation, leˌgitimatiˈzation, leˌgitimatiˈsation n



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