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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Recent Examples on the Web Recent improvements in the labor market have helped validate investors’ optimism that the economy can recover as anti-virus controls are relaxed. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Stocks kick the week off higher on vaccine hopes," 13 July 2020 The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2020-2021, can be exploited when an authentication mechanism known as Security Assertion Markup Language is used to validate that users gave the proper permission to access a network. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Foreign adversaries likely to try exploiting critical networking bug, US says," 30 June 2020 The post office was able to work with election officials to validate all but about 40 of those postmarks after election day, the report said. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Absentee ballots didn't get counted because of late delivery, misdelivery and bad postmarks, post office says," 10 July 2020 The Jefferson County clerk will validate the signatures within the next 30 days and ultimately determine if the petition was successful. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS tax hike likely to be on ballot after opponents gather thousands of signatures," 10 July 2020 Unfortunately, we have not been given the opportunity to review the methodology behind this study to validate the accuracy of these claims. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Uncovered: 1,000 phrases that incorrectly trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant," 1 July 2020 In fact, many are not studies at all, but subjective conclusions based on data, and methods that remain hidden and thus difficult to validate. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Science by press release: When the story gets ahead of the science," 27 June 2020 Another source of the rumor, a 2016 article cites Facebook representative Riker Jepson to validate its claim of religious discrimination. Carmel Kookogey, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Facebook does not ban the posting of the Lord's Prayer," 31 July 2015 Long gone are the days when physicists could validate new theories by dropping objects from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "How Long Do Neutrons Live? Space Probe Could Put Debate to Rest," 25 June 2020

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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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1 Aug 2020

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“Validate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/validate. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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validate

verb
How to pronounce validate (audio)

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
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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