ratify

verb
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 Five of the states that ratified the amendment before 1982 — Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Dakota and Tennessee — have sought to revoke their approval. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "McConnell, GOP Senate hold key to ERA sex bias ban after House revives fight," 13 Feb. 2020 The French had been unhappy with the Jay Treaty that George Washington had signed and ratified with the British, and their ships and privateers were preying upon American ships. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "George Washington Made History by Deciding to Leave the Presidency. But That Didn't Mean He Left Politics," 13 Feb. 2020 But when 1982 arrived, no further states had ratified the measure. Patricia Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "House removes ERA ratification deadline, one obstacle to enactment," 13 Feb. 2020 But when 1982 arrived, no further states had ratified the measure. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "U.S. House removes ERA ratification deadline, one obstacle to enactment," 13 Feb. 2020 Some Philippine senators have said the government decision to terminate the treaty, which the Senate ratified, should have the chamber's consent. Jim Gomez, Anchorage Daily News, "Philippines notifies US of intent to end major security pact allowing US forces to train in the country," 11 Feb. 2020 Some Philippine senators have said the government decision to terminate the treaty, which the Senate ratified, should have the chamber’s consent. NBC News, "Philippines notifies US of intent to end major security pact," 11 Feb. 2020 Commissioners ratified an application for a grant from the governor’s office to provide $385,000 for the program. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Bexar County Commissioners Court approves options for tackling San Antonio opioid crisis," 11 Feb. 2020 That tradition continued this year as well, as many of them are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment being ratified, which gave women the right to vote. Mekita Rivas, refinery29.com, "All The Ways Congresswomen Protested Trump’s SOTU Speech, From Boycotts To Walkouts," 5 Feb. 2020

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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 26 Feb. 2020.

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ratify

verb
How to pronounce ratify (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ratify

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

ratify

verb
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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