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.

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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Antonyms for ratify

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Historical Examples of ratify

  • Take them to the Kadi after prayers in the morning, and he will ratify your title.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • But Mary would not ratify it—at least so far as this last article was concerned.

    Queen Elizabeth

    Jacob Abbott

  • And Magennis grasped him in his own strong fingers to ratify the contract.

  • What you will sign is a promise to ratify the treaty on your accession to the throne.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim

  • Are you ready to ratify the words when His emptying begins to come?

    Parables of the Cross

    I. Lilias Trotter

British Dictionary definitions for 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

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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