ratify

[rat-uh-fahy]

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.

Nearby words

  1. rathole,
  2. rathouse,
  3. rathskeller,
  4. raticide,
  5. ratification,
  6. ratine,
  7. rating,
  8. rating badge,
  9. rating nut,
  10. ratingen

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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British Dictionary definitions for ratify

ratify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to give formal approval or consent to
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 ratify

ratify

v.

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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