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1 legitimate /lɪˈʤɪtəmət/ adjective
1 legitimate
/lɪˈʤɪtəmət/
adjective
Learner's definition of LEGITIMATE
: allowed according to rules or laws
: real, accepted, or official
[more legitimate; most legitimate] : fair or reasonable
: born to a father and mother who are married opposite illegitimate

— legitimacy

/lɪˈʤɪtəməsi/ noun [noncount]

— legitimately

adverb
2 legitimate /lɪˈʤɪtəˌmeɪt/ verb
legitimates; legitimated; legitimating
2 legitimate
/lɪˈʤɪtəˌmeɪt/
verb
legitimates; legitimated; legitimating
Learner's definition of LEGITIMATE
[+ object] US
: to make (something or someone) legitimate: such as
: to make (something) real, accepted, or official
: to show that (something or someone) is fair or reasonable
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