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ratify

[rat-uh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), rat·i·fied, rat·i·fy·ing.
  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 of ratify

1325–75; Middle English ratifien < Middle French ratifier < Medieval Latin ratificāre, equivalent to Latin rat(us) calculated (see rate1) + -ificāre -ify
Related formsrat·i·fi·er, nounnon·rat·i·fy·ing, adjectiveun·rat·i·fied, adjective

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

Antonyms

1. veto, disapprove.
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ratify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to give formal approval or consent to
Derived Formsratifiable, adjectiveratification, nounratifier, noun

Word Origin

C14: via Old French from Latin ratus fixed (see rate 1) + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for unratified

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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