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ratify

[rat-uh-fahy] /ˈræt əˌfaɪ/
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
1325-1375
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
Synonyms
1. corroborate, approve. 2. validate, establish.
Antonyms
1. veto, disapprove.
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  • The role of the president in ordering or ratifying a decision to target a citizen is fuzzy.
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  • ratifying, modifying or denying the actions of commissions and boards which are advisory to the county.
British Dictionary definitions for ratifying

ratify

/ˈrætɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(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 ratifying

ratify

v.

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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