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[rat-uh-fahy] /ˈræt əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), ratified, ratifying.
to confirm by expressing consent, approval, or formal sanction:
to ratify a constitutional amendment.
to confirm (something done or arranged by an agent or by representatives) by such action.
Origin of ratify
1325-75; Middle English ratifien < Middle French ratifier < Medieval Latin ratificāre, equivalent to Latin rat(us) calculated (see rate1) + -ificāre -ify
Related forms
ratifier, noun
nonratifying, adjective
unratified, adjective
1. corroborate, approve. 2. validate, establish.
1. veto, disapprove. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ratified
  • 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.
  • Then there are problems with some of the nations that have already ratified the treaty.
  • Four world track and field records were ratified today, each of which has a better mark awaiting ratification.
  • The convention now has to be ratified by governments, which is likely to take several years.
  • It was only the second time that a court challenged a reserve ratified by the government.
  • It is strange that the optional protocols are now signed but the convention itself is not ratified yet.
  • The rights plan has to be ratified by shareholders in a year's time.
British Dictionary definitions for ratified


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(transitive) to give formal approval or consent to
Derived Forms
ratifiable, adjective
ratification, noun
ratifier, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin ratus fixed (see rate1) + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for ratified



mid-14c., from Old French ratifier (13c.), from Medieval Latin ratificare "confirm, approve," literally "fix by reckoning," from Latin ratus "fixed by calculation; determined; approved; certain, sure; valid" (past participle adjective from reri "to reckon, think;" see reason (v.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Ratified; ratifying.

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