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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ratify

ratified

ratifying

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

ratification

play \ˌra-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

ratifier

play \ˈra-tə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of ratify in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


RATIFY Defined for Kids

ratify

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verb rat·i·fy \ˈra-tə-fī\

Definition of ratify for Students

ratified

ratifying

  1. :  to give legal approval to (as by a vote)




Law Dictionary

ratify

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transitive verb rat·i·fy \ˈra-tə-ˌfī\

Legal Definition of ratify

ratified

ratifying

  1. :  to make valid or effective; especially :  to adopt or affirm (as the prior act or contract of an agent) by express or implied consent with the effect of original authorization <unable to rescind the contract because he ratified it by accepting the benefits> — compare reform

ratification

\ˌra-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ play noun

ratifier

\ˈra-tə-ˌfī-ər\ play noun




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