verb (used with object), pro·bat·ed, pro·bat·ing.
- probable error,
- probate court,
- probation officer,
- probationary assistant
Origin of probate
- the official certificate stating a will to be genuine and conferring on the executors power to administer the estate
- the probate copy of a will
Word Origin for probate
"official proving of a will," c.1400, from Latin probatum "a thing proved," neuter of probatus "tried, tested, proved," past participle of probare "to try, test, prove" (see prove).
1560s, "to prove," from probate (n.) or from Latin probatus, past participle of probare. Specific sense of "prove the genuineness of a will" is from 1792. Related: Probated; probating.