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

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

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When validate first entered the language in the mid-17th century, its meaning was tied fast to its close relative, the adjective valid: to validate something, such as a marriage or treaty, was to make it legally valid. This meaning is still current, but the word is now used in nonlegal and informal contexts. If the museum you visit validates your parking ticket, the museum official marks the ticket and you do not have to pay for parking. If someone's claims cannot be validated, those claims cannot be confirmed. And if a coach puts an untested player into the game and the player scores the winning point, the player's strong performance validates the coach's decision.  

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The current work attempted to correct for such misclassifications and small sample sizes using estimates based on work to validate death certificates and other statistical modeling techniques. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 18 June 2022 According to Kuhn, Headspace has a robust research program and works with independent researchers to help validate the app. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 June 2022 This summer, their models are predicting 3.8 million acres of land will burn, a forecast the researchers will validate as the summer progresses. Maddie Stone, Washington Post, 27 June 2022 The hope is to find a big-name corporation or private equity firm that can help validate the business with its investment, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private. Ed Hammond And Mark Gurman / Bloomberg, Time, 6 May 2022 The draft will only further validate the greatness. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 Candidates can legally be asked questions about their religious affiliations to verify they are not fabricated and request doctors’ notes to validate that getting vaccinated would be a healthcare danger for you. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Oct. 2021 Part of the wonder of discovering Bush is the sense that her various oddities validate your own experiences as an outsider. Vogue, 30 May 2022 In one of these software systems, a large computer (the prover) validates financial transactions and places the validation computation into a PCP, so that a smaller computer (the verifier) can validate the transactions much faster. Quanta Magazine, 23 May 2022 See More

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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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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


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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