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[val-i-deyt] /ˈvæl ɪˌdeɪt/
verb (used with object), validated, validating.
to make valid; substantiate; confirm:
Time validated our suspicions.
to give legal force to; legalize.
to give official sanction, confirmation, or approval to, as elected officials, election procedures, documents, etc.:
to validate a passport.
Origin of validate
1640-50; < Medieval Latin validātus (past participle of validāre to make valid), equivalent to valid- (see valid) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
validation, noun
validator, noun
[val-i-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈvæl ɪ dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
nonvalidation, noun
revalidate, verb (used with object), revalidated, revalidating.
revalidation, noun
unvalidated, adjective
unvalidating, adjective
1. authenticate, verify, prove.
1. disprove. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for validate
  • Many people who had bought cars illegally are scrambling to validate the trade.
  • The public looks to the nation's past to validate its core ideals and affirm a record of progress and accomplishment.
  • Claims that run against the profession's previous findings are subject to more scrutiny than those that validate them.
  • Buy tickets at any station and validate before boarding.
  • Too often in experimental psychology the results merely serve to validate a hunch rather than prove a relationship.
  • The receptionist finds her stamp to validate the visitors' parking tickets.
  • We will of course see efforts in the opposite direction, only to become the exceptions that validate the rule.
  • My goal was to connect with people who are suffering, to acknowledge and validate their struggle.
  • There are many variables to be considered before one can validate this hypothesis.
  • Some audio forensic examiners go to extraordinary lengths to validate recordings.
British Dictionary definitions for validate


verb (transitive)
to confirm or corroborate
to give legal force or official confirmation to; declare legally valid
Derived Forms
validation, noun
validatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for validate

1640s, from Latin validatus, from validus (see valid). Related: Validated; validating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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