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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.
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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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Related Words for ratified

okay, uphold, confirm, approve, sign, endorse, establish, bind, license, corroborate, consent, certify, bless, commission, authenticate, substantiate, sanction, validate, accredit

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Historical Examples of ratified

  • The oaths were ratified by the sacrifice of a bull, a wolf , a boar, and a ram over a shield.



  • Upon the committee's return to Philadelphia, its actions were ratified by Congress.

  • Kerry responded to the sentiment with a fac-simile sigh, and the peace was ratified.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • On October 17, 1803, the Senate ratified the treaty by a vote of twenty-four to seven.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • This will was ratified by Augustus with the exception of the title given to Archelaus.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

British Dictionary definitions for ratified


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

Word Origin for ratify

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



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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