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    • 1. make legitimate; justify or make lawful: "the regime was not legitimated by popular support"
  2. Something legitimate is the real deal — according to the law. Legitimate has other variations of meaning. To legitimate something is to make it legal, either by passing a law or publicly recognizing it as in accordance with the law.

  3. 1 day ago · To legitimate something means the same as to legitimize it. [formal] We want to legitimate this process by passing a law. [VERB noun] Synonyms: legitimize, allow, permit, sanction More Synonyms of legitimate. legitimation (lɪdʒɪtɪmeɪʃən ) uncountable noun. ...the legitimation of state constitutions. Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s Dictionary.

  4. Definition of legitimate adjective in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Meaning, pronunciation, picture, example sentences, grammar, usage notes, synonyms and more.

  5. to show or declare to be legitimate or proper: He was under obligation to legitimate his commission. to justify; sanction or authorize: His behavior was legitimated by custom. See more

  6. 1. a. Being in compliance with the law; lawful: a legitimate business. b. Being in accordance with established or accepted rules and standards: legitimate advertising practices. c. Valid or justifiable: a legitimate complaint. d. Based on logical reasoning: a legitimate deduction. 2. Born of legally married parents: legitimate offspring. 3.

  7. Legitimate Definition. lə-jĭtə-mĭt. legitimated, legitimates, legitimating. Meanings. Synonyms. Sentences. Definition Source. Origin. Adjective. Verb. Filter. adjective. Sanctioned by law or custom; lawful. A legitimate claim. Webster's New World. Similar definitions. Conforming to or abiding by the law. Webster's New World.

  8. Mar 3, 2024 · Conforming to known principles, or established or accepted rules or standards; valid . legitimate reasoning; a legitimate standard or method. Authentic, real, genuine . Antonyms: illegitimate, false. legitimate poems of Chaucer; legitimate inscriptions.

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