Examples of ratify in a sentence
A number of countries have refused to ratify the treaty.
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 English Language Learners
Definition of ratify for English Language Learners
: to make (a treaty, agreement, etc.) official by signing it or voting for it
RATIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of ratify for Students
: to give legal approval to (as by a vote)
Legal Definition of ratify
: 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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