validate

verb
val·​i·​date | \ ˈva-lə-ˌdāt How to pronounce validate (audio) \
validated; validating

Definition of validate

transitive verb

1a : to make legally valid : ratify
b : to grant official sanction to by marking validated her passport
c : to confirm the validity of (an election) also : to declare (a person) elected
2a : to support or corroborate on a sound or authoritative basis experiments designed to validate the hypothesis
b : to recognize, establish, or illustrate the worthiness or legitimacy of validate his concerns

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Other Words from validate

validator \ ˈva-​lə-​ˌdā-​tər How to pronounce validate (audio) \ noun

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confirm, corroborate, substantiate, verify, authenticate, validate mean to attest to the truth or validity of something. confirm implies the removing of doubts by an authoritative statement or indisputable fact. confirmed the reports corroborate suggests the strengthening of what is already partly established. witnesses corroborated his story substantiate implies the offering of evidence that sustains the contention. the claims have yet to be substantiated verify implies the establishing of correspondence of actual facts or details with those proposed or guessed at. all statements of fact in the article have been verified authenticate implies establishing genuineness by adducing legal or official documents or expert opinion. handwriting experts authenticated the diaries validate implies establishing validity by authoritative affirmation or by factual proof. validated the hypothesis by experiments

Examples of validate in a Sentence

The court validated the contract. A judge still needs to validate the election. Customs officers validated our passports. The decline in sales only validated our concerns.
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Recent Examples on the Web Apart from leading to criminal charges, the investigation could validate the experience of victims and possibly spur legislation, Ms. Nessel said. Kris Maher, WSJ, 18 June 2021 Eager employees who cannot easily validate the authenticity of the request often believe these requests to be legitimate and unwittingly provide this sensitive information to the malicious actor. Jason Soroko, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Eaker asked his protege, Haywood Hansell, to propose how to validate high-altitude, daytime precision bombing, leading, in August 1943, to U.S. planes attacking industrial plants in Schweinfurt and Regensburg in Bavaria. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 The lawsuit Elliott originally filed in October only asked a judge to validate Faulconer’s decision to suspend lease payments until the building can be occupied. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 July 2021 Supply bottlenecks have caused some inflation, although recent data seems to validate the view that this inflation is transitory. Arkansas Online, 26 June 2021 Businesses wanting to take their testing to the next level can also look to validate their beta tests with customers. Heikki Väänänen, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Actually, just getting to play on the weekend would in his mind be enough to validate his choice of a path forward. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 The approach has been used to validate other pediatric vaccines. Riley Griffin, Fortune, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of validate

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for validate

borrowed from Medieval Latin validātus, past participle of validāre "to make valid," derivative of Latin validus "in good health, having legal authority" — more at valid

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The first known use of validate was in 1648

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21 Jul 2021

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“Validate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/validate. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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validate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of validate

: to state or show that something is legal or official
: to put a mark on (something) to show that it has been checked and is official or accepted
: to show that something is real or correct

validate

verb
val·​i·​date | \ ˈva-lə-ˌdāt How to pronounce validate (audio) \
validated; validating

Kids Definition of validate

1 : to have legal force or effect
2 : to prove to be true, worthy, or justified

validate

transitive verb
val·​i·​date | \ ˈva-lə-ˌdāt How to pronounce validate (audio) \
validated; validating

Legal Definition of validate

1a : to make valid
b : to grant official sanction to by marking
2 : to confirm the validity of (an election)

Other Words from validate

validation \ ˌva-​lə-​ˈdā-​shən How to pronounce validate (audio) \ noun

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