Ratify definition

rătə-fī
To approve and give formal sanction to; confirm.

The Senate ratified the treaty.

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To approve or confirm; esp., to give official sanction to.
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To give formal consent to; make officially valid.
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To ratify is to approve and give formal consent to something.

When all the delegates sign a constitution, this is an example of a situation where they ratify the constitution.

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To affirm or approve, usually after the fact.
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Origin of ratify

  • Middle English ratifien from Old French ratifier from Medieval Latin ratificāre Latin ratus fixed past participle of rērī to reckon, consider rate1 Latin -ficāre -fy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin ratifico, from Latin ratus (“reckoned").

    From Wiktionary