ratify

verb rat·i·fy \ ˈra-tə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of ratify

ratified; ratifying
transitive verb
: 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.

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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


RATIFY Defined for English Language Learners

ratify

verb

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

ratify

verb rat·i·fy \ ˈra-tə-fī \

Definition of ratify for Students

ratified; ratifying
: to give legal approval to (as by a vote)

Law Dictionary

ratify

transitive verb rat·i·fy \ ˈra-tə-ˌfī \

legal Definition of ratify

ratified; ratifying
: 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

play \ˌra-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

ratifier

play \ˈra-tə-ˌfī-ər\ noun


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