val·i·date | \ ˈva-lə-ˌdāt \
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 \ 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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Others have picked over Kavanaugh’s very complicated dissent in the 2011 case that led to the landmark SCOTUS decision validating Obamacare. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Kavanaugh Remains SCOTUS Front-runner Despite Right-Wing Backlash," 5 July 2018 The Judicial Nominating Commission and the Governor have fully vetted Judges Ishak and Kreis and their conduct on the bench since their appointment validates the wisdom of these appointments. The Aegis, "Retain sitting Judges Ishak and Kreis, former Harford Bar president writes [Letter]," 20 June 2018 In 2015 the University of Chicago issued a statement validating the importance of free speech in education. Emily Esfahani Smith, WSJ, "A Movement Rises to Take Back Higher Education," 17 June 2018 Duque took 54 percent of the vote with 97 percent of polling centers counted against 42 percent for Petro, largely validating opinion polls conducted before the vote. Matthew Bristow,, "Colombia Elects Pro-Market Lawyer Duque in Presidential Runoff," 17 June 2018 This next sentence should be something about how white women are less likely to receive a raise, thereby validating white feminism and their solidarity with women of color. Michael Harriot, The Root, "New Study and Anyone With a Brain: White People More Likely to Get Raises," 5 June 2018 The validating effect of this combination was what many in the audience had paid $50 a ticket for. The Economist, "Laughing with Diamond and Silk," 10 May 2018 The Jemima Code introduced the world to the books black cooks like Miss Lewis wrote that validate their knowledge, skills, and creative abilities. Southern Living, "A Loving Tribute to a True Southern Food Legend," 13 Apr. 2018 The first season, which was relatively faithful to the book, was chilling and validating, an amplification of and a vessel for nagging fears and frustrations. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 Is Brutal and Not Much Else," 11 July 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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val·i·date | \ ˈva-lə-ˌdāt \
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 \
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 \ noun

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