rat·​i·​fy | \ ˈra-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce ratify (audio) \
ratified; ratifying

Definition of ratify

transitive verb

: to approve and sanction formally : confirm ratify a treaty

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Other Words from ratify

ratifier \ ˈra-​tə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce ratifier (audio) \ noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Just because the deal was ratified doesn’t mean the concerns of those who opposed the deal have vanished. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: With new NFL labor pact, now comes the hard part of unifying players," 15 Mar. 2020 Once the players’ votes are tabulated and released, once it’s known whether or not a new collective bargaining agreement is ratified, league officials have a decision. David Moore, Dallas News, "With the rest of the sports world on hiatus, the Cowboys, NFL have an ideal opportunity to fill the void," 14 Mar. 2020 The bill from Kennedy and Carper would allow manufacturers to meet the Kigali reduction targets, even if the full deal isn’t ratified by the Senate in this administration. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Kennedy threatens to bring down major bipartisan energy bill over amendment blocked by GOP leadership," 4 Mar. 2020 If ratified, the CBA will last through the 2030 season. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Taking a closer look at the NFL’s CBA proposal," 26 Feb. 2020 The changes would take effect for the 2020 season, according to ESPN, if the CBA is ratified before the start of the season. Wayne Sterling, CNN, "NFL owners are considering expanding the playoffs to include more teams," 20 Feb. 2020 If ratified by the OHSAA, the 14 3-pointers would tie the state record set by Taylor Mikesell of Massillon Jackson in 2018. cleveland, "Seeds for girls basketball district tournaments set; Laurel remains No. 1 in cleveland.com top 25," 4 Feb. 2020 If it is ratified, Virginia will become the key 38th state needed to add the amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Washington Post, "Virginia votes on the Equal Rights Amendment again. And it’s debt-settling time.," 13 Jan. 2020 If ratified, the trade agreement will last for 16 years, with a review after six years. Diego Mendoza-moyers, ExpressNews.com, "USMCA on track to replace NAFTA. What does that mean for Texas?," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of ratify

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 entry 1

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“Ratify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratify. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ratify

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


rat·​i·​fy | \ ˈra-tə-fī How to pronounce ratify (audio) \
ratified; ratifying

Kids Definition of ratify

: to give legal approval to (as by a vote)
rat·​i·​fy | \ ˈra-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce ratify (audio) \
ratified; ratifying

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

Other Words from ratify

ratification \ ˌra-​tə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce ratification (audio) \ noun
ratifier \ ˈra-​tə-​ˌfī-​ər How to pronounce ratifier (audio) \ noun

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