Definition of legit in US English:

legit

adjective

informal
  • 1Conforming to the rules; legal.

    ‘is this car legit?’
    • ‘The suitcases were full of pirated games, which at $7 a pop are $45 cheaper than most games on the legit market.’
    • ‘None of the letters to the legit media had even been publicly discovered or acknowledged.’
    • ‘Now, just because she gave Cunningham large campaign contributions in the past doesn't mean the comps she assembled weren't legit.’
    • ‘Anyway, this tool seems to be legit from what I can tell.’
    • ‘They have a web site, so they must be legit, right?’
    • ‘And now investigators have to figure out whose claims are legit and who is scamming the system.’
    • ‘That assures donors their funds go to legit groups.’
    • ‘One of the favorites was sending millions of phishing e-mails - messages that appeared to be from legit companies such as Yahoo!’
    • ‘They're using those words and definitions to look legit.’
    • ‘Then why won't they approve a legit audit of the US gold reserves?’
    • ‘Oh yeah, Gary Busey is involved, so you know it's legit.’
    • ‘Bled by lawsuits and unable to cobble together an agreement with the recording industry to make the service legit, the company finally called it quits.’
    • ‘Isabella had forced Lucio to promise that all of the jobs he did for their grandfather were legit and legal before she allowed him to do them.’
    • ‘‘You put your feet down and you can stop even faster than a car,’ says Bob, who hopes one day to open a legit street luge course on a ski hill.’
    • ‘The promoters spent over $20,000 on this show and did everything they had to to make it legit.’
    • ‘This is done as a money laundering scheme to put illicit dollars back into the legit art market.’
    • ‘On the other hand, illegitimate pyramid schemes can resemble legit sales operations.’
    • ‘That doesn't seem to support the idea that ‘vague’ patents are legit.’
    • ‘‘It isn't going to turn someone into an athlete, but it's a legit way to keep fit,’ says Agoglia.’
    • ‘They lost 15,000 yuan before resorting to the more expensive, legit hospital.’
    legal, lawful, licit, legalized, authorized, permitted, permissible, allowable, allowed, admissible, recognized, sanctioned, approved, licensed, statutory, constitutional, within the law, going by the rules, above board, valid, honest, upright
    rightful, lawful, genuine, authentic, real, true, proper, correct, authorized, sanctioned, warranted, acknowledged, recognized, approved, just
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) not engaging in illegal activity or attempting to deceive; honest.
      ‘to see if he's legit, I call up the business’
      • ‘Last year I wrote this post, where I expressed doubt that the people who claim to have taught apes sign language are legit.’
      • ‘I don't know if you have ever started an online company, but it is incredibly hard these days to collect money online - even if you are totally legit.’
      • ‘I really want to believe that she's legit, but I'm feeling kind of wary now.’
      • ‘And, naturally, you should never give confidential information to anyone unless you are absolutely certain that they are legit.’
      • ‘If the name doesn't surface, the honor system prevails; the voter simply swears in an affidavit that he or she is legit.’
      • ‘It seems like Savage is really desperate to return to the big time in pro wrestling, but why would he spend so much money to produce this record if he wasn't legit?’
      • ‘The focus there will be on opt-in lists, and whether they're legit.’
      • ‘I also called the woman and asked her some basic questions until I was satisfied that she was legit.’
      • ‘Judging by the call, this guy was asking the questions, so he's relatively legit.’
      • ‘Mark Buehrle is legit, and Todd Ritchie might be, too.’
      • ‘I guess it can best be said that Harry Wills was legit.’
      genuine, real, authentic, actual, true
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  • 2US Extremely good.

    ‘their meats and sandwiches are legit’
    very good, superb, outstanding, magnificent, of high quality, of the highest quality, of the highest standard, exceptional, marvellous, wonderful, sublime, perfect, eminent, pre-eminent, matchless, peerless, supreme, first-rate, first-class, superior, superlative, splendid, admirable, worthy, sterling, fine
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adverb

informal
  • as submodifier Truly; genuinely.

    ‘his superhero outfit is legit awesome’

Phrases

  • go legit

    • informal Begin to behave honestly after a period of illegal activity.

      • ‘With his reputation, many will certainly be surprised to hear that he may have actually gone legit after all of this.’
      • ‘They were commanded by another privateer, Woodes Rogers, who later went legit, leased the Bahamas and became the islands' first governor.’
      • ‘But the sites are not yet comprehensive or cheap enough to persuade users to go legit.’
      • ‘His desire, now that his life is ending, is to attempt to leave the mafia business and go legit.’
      • ‘So, in an attempt to go legit, Seth joins J.T. Marlin as a trainee.’
      • ‘In some cases, such as Napster, former outlaw sites have gone legit and are working with the record companies.’
      • ‘Perhaps he yearns for the confidence to go legit on the circuit?’
      • ‘They bootlegged liquor during the depression, then went legit.’
      • ‘Now he's ready to go legit and take his antics to Foufs where he intends to prove he's not your average MC.’
      • ‘Just saying they're going legit and changing a user agreement or certain practices is not nearly enough.’

Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation of legitimate.

Pronunciation

legit

/liˈjit//lɪˈdʒɪt/