ratify

  • 1 ratify — rat·i·fy / ra tə ˌfī/ vt fied, fy·ing: to make valid or effective; esp: to adopt or affirm (as the prior act or contract of an agent) by express or implied consent with the effect of original authorization unable to rescind the contract because… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 ratify — ratify, confirm are comparable when they mean to make something legally valid or operative. Both terms presuppose previous action by a person or body with power of appointing, of legislating, or of framing such a document as a constitution, a… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 Ratify — Rat i*fy (r[a^]t [i^]*f[imac]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ratified} (r[a^]t [i^]*f[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Ratifying} (r[a^]t [i^]*f[imac] [i^]ng).] [F. ratifier, fr. L. ratus fixed by calculation, firm, valid + ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Rate} …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 ratify — rat‧i‧fy [ˈrætfaɪ] verb ratified PTandPP ratifying PRESPART [transitive] to make a written agreement official by signing it: • The government delayed ratifying the treaty. * * * ratify UK US /ˈrætɪfaɪ/ verb [T] ► LAW …

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  • 5 ratify — mid 14c., from O.Fr. ratifier (late 13c.), from M.L. ratificare confirm, approve, lit. fix by reckoning, from L. ratus fixed, valid (pp. of reri to reckon, think ) + root of facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related: Ratified;… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 ratify — [v] affirm, authorize accredit, approve, authenticate, bear out, bind, bless, certify, commission, confirm, consent, corroborate, endorse, establish, give stamp of approval*, go for*, license, okay*, rubber stamp*, sanction, sign, substantiate,… …

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  • 7 ratify — ► VERB (ratifies, ratified) ▪ give formal consent to; make officially valid. DERIVATIVES ratification noun ratifier noun. ORIGIN Latin ratificare, from ratus fixed …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 ratify — [rat′ə fī΄] vt. ratified, ratifying [ME ratifien < MFr ratifier < ML ratificare < L ratus (see RATE1) + facere, to make, DO1] to approve or confirm; esp., to give official sanction to SYN. APPROVE ratification [rat΄əfi kā′shən] n.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 ratify — 01. The town council is set to [ratify] a decision to outlaw smoking in all public buildings. 02. The peace agreement has been [ratified] by both sides in the conflict. 03. The federal government is expected to [ratify] the agreement on climate… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 10 ratify — verb Ratify is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑country, ↑parliament Ratify is used with these nouns as the object: ↑amendment, ↑constitution, ↑convention, ↑treaty …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 ratify — rat|i|fy [ˈrætıfaı] v past tense and past participle ratified present participle ratifying third person singular ratifies [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: ratifier, from Medieval Latin ratificare, from Latin ratus; RATE1] to make a written …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 ratify — [[t]ræ̱tɪfaɪ[/t]] ratifies, ratifying, ratified VERB When national leaders or organizations ratify a treaty or written agreement, they make it official by giving their formal approval to it, usually by signing it or voting for it. [V n] The… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 ratify — UK [ˈrætɪfaɪ] / US [ˈrætəˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms ratify : present tense I/you/we/they ratify he/she/it ratifies present participle ratifying past tense ratified past participle ratified to make an agreement official by signing it or… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 ratify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English ratifien, from Anglo French ratifier, from Medieval Latin ratificare, from Latin ratus determined, from past participle of reri to calculate more at reason Date: 14th century to approve and …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 ratify — ratifier, n. /rat euh fuy /, v.t., ratified, ratifying. 1. to confirm by expressing consent, approval, or formal sanction: to ratify a constitutional amendment. 2. to confirm (something done or arranged by an agent or by representatives) by such… …

    Universalium

  • 16 ratify — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. approve, confirm, validate; endorse, verify, OK (inf.). See evidence, assent. Ant., veto. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. confirm, approve, sanction, substantiate; see approve 1 , enact , endorse 2 . See… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 ratify — verb they failed to ratify the amendment Syn: confirm, approve, sanction, endorse, agree to, accept, uphold, authorize, formalize, validate, recognize; sign See note at approve Ant: reject …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 ratify — rat•i•fy [[t]ˈræt əˌfaɪ[/t]] v. t. fied, fy•ing to confirm by expressing consent, approval, or formal sanction: to ratify a constitutional amendment[/ex] • Etymology: 1325–75; < MF ratifier < ML ratificāre= L rat(us) calculated (see rate I) …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 ratify — verb /ˈrætɪfaɪ,ˈrætəfaɪ/ To give formal consent to; make officially valid. Syn: approve See Also: ratification, ratifier …

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  • 20 ratify — Synonyms and related words: OK, accede to, accept, accord to, accredit, adopt, affiliate, affirm, agree to, amen, approve, approve of, assent, attest, authenticate, authorize, autograph, back, back up, be willing, bear out, bolster, buttress,… …

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