[ proh-beyt ]
/ ˈproʊ beɪt /


Law. the official proving of a will as authentic or valid in a probate court.
an officially certified copy of a will so proved.


of or relating to probate or a probate court.

verb (used with object), pro·bat·ed, pro·bat·ing.

to establish the authenticity or validity of (a will).
Law. to put (an offender) on probation.

Nearby words

  1. probable error,
  2. probably,
  3. probacteriophage,
  4. proband,
  5. probang,
  6. probate court,
  7. probation,
  8. probation officer,
  9. probationary,
  10. probationary assistant

Origin of probate

1400–50; late Middle English probat < Latin probātum a thing approved, noun use of neuter past participle of probāre to test and find good; see probe, -ate1

Related formsun·pro·bat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for probate


/ (ˈprəʊbɪt, -beɪt) /


the act or process of officially proving the authenticity and validity of a will
  1. the official certificate stating a will to be genuine and conferring on the executors power to administer the estate
  2. the probate copy of a will
(in the US) all matters within the jurisdiction of a probate court
(modifier) of, relating to, or concerned with probateprobate value; a probate court


(tr) mainly US and Canadian to establish officially the authenticity and validity of (a will)

Word Origin for probate

C15: from Latin probāre to inspect

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Word Origin and History for probate
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