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 validate (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 More unfortunately but undeniably, some of us are not ready to even appear to validate those who threw tantrums about mask requirements as thousands were dying around them. Los Angeles Times, "Column: You know what’s not rational? Telling people how to act while vaccinated," 7 May 2021 September 11, 2001, appeared to validate their gravest fears. Astra Taylor, The New Republic, "In Defense of Liberal Conspirators," 6 May 2021 The state is able to validate those records for Hawaii vaccinated travelers through its database of vaccines administered. Melissa Yeager, The Arizona Republic, "Vaccinated & traveling to Hawaii? It may be summer before you can skip pre-travel testing," 21 Apr. 2021 Tax returns where the IRS needs to validate information relating to the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Advance Child Tax Credit. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Tax refunds taking 6-8 weeks for some as IRS deals with tax credits, fraud," 21 Apr. 2021 Last year John Hennessey told us the F5 will make top speed runs on the 3.2-mile runway of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, but also on public roads if this proves insufficiently long to validate the car's aimed-for 311-mph top speed. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Hennessey's Chief Engineer Updates Us on the Venom F5," 20 Apr. 2021 The latest surge comes as investors gear up for the direct listing of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global, which could further help validate crypto buying and selling as a business. Diksha Madhok, CNN, "Dogecoin price surpasses 10 cents to reach an all-time high," 14 Apr. 2021 Canny, who drove down to Christiansburg, Virginia, to join his teammates on the last day, said the convincing margin of victory served to validate the athletes’ commitment during a season made unpredictable by the coronavirus pandemic. Edward Lee,, "Towson men’s swimming and diving relishing first CAA championship," 11 Apr. 2021 One of its key goals will be to validate patients’ experience, said Herman, the OHSU physician leading the project. oregonlive, "‘I just can’t keep going’: Oregon long haulers wonder when – or if – they’ll recover from the coronavirus," 20 Dec. 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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10 May 2021

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“Validate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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


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


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 validate (audio) \ noun

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