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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Now, corporate sponsorship has become a validating force in popland, where artists are routinely praised for thinking of themselves as brands. Chris Richards,, "The 5 hardest questions in pop music," 3 July 2018 County clerks are counting and validating the signatures. David Staats, idahostatesman, "Who is shaping today's Treasure Valley? Here's what six local leaders shared with us | Idaho Statesman," 11 May 2018 The party’s latest target, the Supreme Court, is tasked with validating election results. Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor, "By staying on the job, Poland's top judge fights the right-wing government," 13 July 2018 The festival debuted at the Opera House last year, and the experience felt as validating for the audience as for the performers. Claudia Bauer,, "San Francisco’s Ethnic Dance Fest celebrates 40 years," 12 July 2018 In the United States, the NIEHS center is working on validating the method. Vanessa Zainzinger, Science | AAAS, "New digital chemical screening tool could help eliminate animal testing," 11 July 2018 And all of Mueller's indictments, the fact that Cohen now seems to be ready to flip on Trump, everything else seems to be quite validating the seriousness of the investigation. Fox News, "Tom Fitton: FBI looked for excuses to target Trump's team," 7 July 2018 But Peterson has inextricably intertwined his self-help approach with a kind of reactionary politics that validates white, straight, and cisgender men at the expense of everyone else. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Jordan Peterson, the obscure Canadian psychologist turned right-wing celebrity, explained," 21 May 2018 Not until fourth grade at an alternative school with an African-focused curriculum in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood did Penic feel valued and validated as a black student. Melinda D. Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Radical Self-Reliance of Black Homeschooling," 17 May 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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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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