ratify

[rat-uh-fahy]
verb (used with object), ratified, ratifying.
1.
to confirm by expressing consent, approval, or formal sanction: to ratify a constitutional amendment.
2.
to confirm (something done or arranged by an agent or by representatives) by such action.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English ratifien < Middle French ratifier < Medieval Latin ratificāre, equivalent to Latin rat(us) calculated (see rate1) + -ificāre -ify

ratifier, noun
nonratifying, adjective
unratified, adjective


1. corroborate, approve. 2. validate, establish.


1. veto, disapprove.
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ratify (ˈrætɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
(tr) to give formal approval or consent to
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin ratus fixed (see rate1) + facere to make]
 
'ratifiable
 
adj
 
ratifi'cation
 
n
 
'ratifier
 
n

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ratify
c.1357, from O.Fr. ratifier (1294), from M.L. ratificare "confirm, approve," lit. "fix by reckoning," from L. ratus "fixed, valid" (pp. of reri "to reckon, think") + root of facere "to make" (see factitious).
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Example sentences
How long it might take for the amendment to be ratified was unclear.
But officials believe it will be ratified before the end of the summer because
  the consequences of shelving it are unthinkable.
Naturally, her hand-wringing only ratified the city's noir glamour.
Please take note of the countries that haven't ratified the treaty.
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