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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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 Voter initiatives need 9,485 validated signatures to appear on a city ballot. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "Group gets 21,000 signatures for measure on free legal counsel during evictions," 26 Jan. 2018 Their full trust in me and easygoing attitudes helped validate my skill set and boost my confidence. Sunset, "6 Gourmet Backpacking Recipes for a Tasty Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 When hiring and firing decisions have to be validated by bureaucrats, few entrepreneurs want to set up large factories. The Economist, "Why India needs women to work," 5 July 2018 The duo says that once the necessary forms are received, the company will send a letter to the appropriate party to validate the identity and location of the advertiser. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Twitter reveals new guidelines and disclosure rules for political ads," 24 May 2018 Once those signatures are validated by local clerks, campaigns then must submit nomination papers directly to Galvin’s office. Matt Stout,, "More Galvin employees found helping campaign during business hours," 19 May 2018 Those identified by the club throwing trash onto the pitch will not be turned over to OPD, according to club officials, though their suspensions from the stadium will be validated by the police. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City fans who threw debris face suspension of at least one year," 15 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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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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