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ratify

[ 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.

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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
rat·i·fi·er, nounnon·rat·i·fy·ing, adjectiveun·rat·i·fied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ratify

ratify
/ (ˈrætɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to give formal approval or consent to
ratifiable, adjectiveratification, nounratifier, noun
C14: via Old French from Latin ratus fixed (see rate 1) + facere to make
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