- 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
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1. authenticate, verify, prove.
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Examples from the Web for validating
“This online thing is incredibly important grounds for validating your choices to be Michael Jackson,” Turner said.Moonwalking With the Many Michael Jacksons
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“They were validating, supportive, and had my best interests at heart,” says Lee.Mental-Health Breakdown: When Harvard Fails Its Students
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“There is a lot of calculating, recalculating, and validating the calculations in an operation like this,” he says.Risky Rescue: A Year After It Sank, Raising the Costa Concordia
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Reinforcing and validating the values of goods are the social values of men.Social Value
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How far may we trust our experience as validating the inferences we draw from it?Some Christian Convictions
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Philosophers of science are concerned with valid ways of knowing and ways of validating that which is known.Nursing as Caring
- to confirm or corroborate
- to give legal force or official confirmation to; declare legally valid
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Word Origin and History for validating
1640s, from Latin validatus, from validus (see valid). Related: Validated; validating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper