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 validator (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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It was made public by The Information, which validated the assertions through interviews with current and former employees. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Uber manager raised concerns about self-driving program just days before fatal collision," 11 Dec. 2018 One of the newer features in the app is an option for restaurants to validate their customers’ parking directly within it, according to the release. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Malls to debut premium parking spots through mobile app," 28 Mar. 2018 The medical-marijuana program also lacks reliable, independent tools to validate grow-site locations, relying on inconsistent county databases, the report said. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "Oregon admits lack of oversight of medical-marijuana program," 15 July 2018 The people who have come forward with both stories validating mine, and stories of their own personal experience, have helped me immensely with my own healing process. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Chris Hardwick's Ex-Girlfriend Jacinda Barrett Defends Him amid Sexual Assault Allegations," 26 June 2018 In validating general relativity, the findings also serve as additional evidence for the existence of dark matter and dark energy, Collett told Space.com. Chelsea Gohd, Space.com, "Einstein Was Right! Scientists Confirm General Relativity Works With Distant Galaxy," 21 June 2018 The device, which scientists validated in pigs, remains a prototype and needs to be refined before it could be used in people. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Swallow this: A sensor could monitor gut health via engineered bacteria — and beam results to a smartphone," 24 May 2018 Newsletter Sign-up For the Rams, the win validates gutsy decision making that was on display Sunday but stretches back two years. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Rams Rally to Claim Super Bowl Spot," 20 Jan. 2019 That validates her strategy of reaching out to nonwhite and younger voters who don’t usually cast midterm ballots instead of Democrats’ previous focus on trying to convert older white voters who’d long drifted toward Republicans. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Ballot count not yet finished in Georgia governor’s race," 7 Nov. 2018

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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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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 validation (audio) \ noun

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