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verb (used with object), val·i·dat·ed, val·i·dat·ing.
  1. to make valid; substantiate; confirm: Time validated our suspicions.
  2. to give legal force to; legalize.
  3. to give official sanction, confirmation, or approval to, as elected officials, election procedures, documents, etc.: to validate a passport.
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Origin of validate

1640–50; < Medieval Latin validātus (past participle of validāre to make valid), equivalent to valid- (see valid) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsval·i·da·tion, nounval·i·da·tor, nounval·i·da·to·ry [val-i-duh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈvæl ɪ dəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivenon·val·i·da·tion, nounre·val·i·date, verb (used with object), re·val·i·dat·ed, re·val·i·dat·ing.re·val·i·da·tion, nounun·val·i·dat·ed, adjectiveun·val·i·dat·ing, adjective


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  • Reinforcing and validating the values of goods are the social values of men.

    Social Value

    B. M. Anderson

  • How far may we trust our experience as validating the inferences we draw from it?

    Some Christian Convictions

    Henry Sloane Coffin

  • Philosophers of science are concerned with valid ways of knowing and ways of validating that which is known.

British Dictionary definitions for validating


verb (tr)
  1. to confirm or corroborate
  2. to give legal force or official confirmation to; declare legally valid
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Derived Formsvalidation, nounvalidatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for validating



1640s, from Latin validatus, from validus (see valid). Related: Validated; validating.

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