- The definition of legitimize is to make something legal or to make it acceptable, permissible or correct.
When you make a previously forbidden behavior legal, this is an example of a time when you legitimize the behavior.
transitive verble·git·i·mized, le·git·i·miz·ing, le·git·i·miz·es
(third-person singular simple present legitimizes, present participle legitimizing, simple past and past participle legitimized)
- To make legitimate.
- Forms of legitimize ares about twice as common as forms of the verb legitimate in the US.
- Forms of legitimate are somewhat more common than the forms of the verbs legitimize and legitimise in the UK combined.