Definition of respectabilize in English:

respectabilize

(also respectabilise)

Pronunciation /rɪˈspɛktəb(ə)lʌɪz/ /rɪˈspɛktəbəlʌɪz/

verb

  • To make respectable.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Blackwood's Magazine. From respectable + -ize.