[ rat-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈræt əˌfaɪ /
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verb (used with object), rat·i·fied, rat·i·fy·ing.
to confirm by expressing consent, approval, or formal sanction: to ratify a constitutional amendment.
to confirm (something done or arranged by an agent or by representatives) by such action.
OTHER WORDS FOR ratify
1 corroborate, approve.
OPPOSITES FOR ratify
1 veto, disapprove.
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Origin of ratify
OTHER WORDS FROM ratifyrat·i·fi·er, nounnon·rat·i·fy·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ratify
/ (ˈrætɪˌfaɪ) /
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
(tr) to give formal approval or consent to
Derived forms of ratifyratifiable, 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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