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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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to make lawful or legal: legitimize

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Used as a verb, listen here, it means: to make lawful or legal: legitimize. Used as an adjective, listen here, it means: Having the sanction of law or established custom.

Usage examples (36)
  • By signing the deed,they legitimated their ownership of the land.
  • legitimate advertising practices
  • A legitimate government
  • In English, the word "legitimate" comes from the Latin word legere meaning to read. for more
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