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 Officials were left using photos of results to validate results and ensure accuracy. Anchorage Daily News, "'This is not a hack’: Problems with mobile app delay results from Democratic caucuses in Iowa," 4 Feb. 2020 Officials looked at whether countries used modern passports, shared information that the US could validate on travelers and identified possible criminal suspects in a way that the US could see before entry. Colleen Long, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump curbs immigration for 6 nations; not a full travel ban," 31 Jan. 2020 But Trump’s reelection in 2020 would validate his political methods and have a long-lasting impact on America and the world. Garry Kasparov, The New York Review of Books, "A Popular Front to Stop Trump," 28 Jan. 2020 Sarabia said his 25 years of experience as a volunteer coach for students, along with his 32 years with AT&T, give him the necessary skills to validate and empathize with students. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "CFISD Candidate Series: Sarabia hopes to close the achievement gap in Cy-Fair," 24 Oct. 2019 Trump relies on the appearance of a united party to validate his ever more corrosive policies—and his tirades—with voters. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Will Republicans Challenge Trump on Impeachment?," 13 Oct. 2019 Nyagah-Nash said her department has reviewed and updated security protocols on validating the identification of employees and visitors, and put new stanchions in four buildings to better direct people toward security desks. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Security being increased at Baltimore city buildings after fired IT employee gained ‘unfettered access’ to sensitive areas," 16 July 2019 The committee crushed Ollie, validated UConn’s claims for a just-cause firing and pushed one portion of this disgusting fight between a disgraced pupil and damaged university over the finish line. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: The NCAA hammered Kevin Ollie; now UConn should settle with him and move on to bright future," 3 July 2019 What often happens is that science simply validates the ruling values of the time, and in the 19th and 20th centuries, those were racist values. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why science can’t replace religion," 4 Nov. 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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13 Feb 2020

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“Validate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/validated. Accessed 21 Feb. 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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