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ratify

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verb rat·i·fy \ˈra-tə-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of ratify

  • : to make (a treaty, agreement, etc.) official by signing it or voting for it

Full Definition of ratify

rat·i·fiedrat·i·fy·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to approve and sanction formally :  confirm <ratify a treaty>

rat·i·fi·ca·tion play \ˌra-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
rat·i·fi·er play \ˈra-tə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of ratify

  1. A number of countries have refused to ratify the treaty.

  2. <Lincoln's home state of Illinois was the first to ratify the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provided for the abolition of slavery.>



Origin of ratify

Middle English ratifien, from Anglo-French ratifier, from Medieval Latin ratificare, from Latin ratus determined, from past participle of reri to calculate — more at reason


First Known Use: 14th century


RATIFICATION Defined for Kids

ratification

noun rat·i·fi·ca·tion \ˌra-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of ratification

  1. :  the act or process of giving legal approval to





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