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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Key indicators used for determining the cause and origin of a fire—most important, if arson occurred—were based on anecdotal evidence, none having been scientifically validated up until this point. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 1991 Firestorm That Changed Everything We Thought We Knew About Arson," 8 Nov. 2018 McKinsey vehemently denies breaking any laws, and says that this view has been validated by a monthslong internal inquiry involving more than 50 lawyers reviewing millions of documents and emails. New York Times, "How McKinsey Lost Its Way in South Africa," 26 June 2018 Parking will be validated once each day per vehicle. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Here's another way to get free parking in Las Vegas. Is it the start of a trend?," 8 June 2018 Self parking will be validated with a purchase in the bar or restaurant. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North County Business Briefs, May 31," 31 May 2018 The app will also be validated against traditional visual testing within conventional clinical settings. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: FDA probes safety of Parkinson’s drug; Koch brothers push new ‘right to try’ ads," 26 Apr. 2018 One alternative is to validate your approach in small studies, scaling up only if those are a success. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "It’s surprisingly hard to give away billions of dollars," 11 Dec. 2018 All in all, the rookie talent fared well, and helped validate high hopes for this draft class. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Rookie Report Cards: The Most Noteworthy Summer League Showings," 11 July 2018 There was still limited evidence for his argument, but Horner’s research in the late ’70s helped validate Ostrom’s findings when his team uncovered the remains of baby dinosaur nesting grounds in Montana. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Real Scientific History Behind the Jurassic Park Dinosaurs," 22 June 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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