Definition of validate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvaləˌdāt/


[with object]
1Check or prove the validity or accuracy of (something): these estimates have been validated by periodic surveys
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  • No particular behavioral technique has been validated or proven to be superior than others in the substance user.
  • The response level was high for a voluntary question, and validates the accuracy of the resulting analyses.
  • Also important was whether the instruments used for temperature measurement were tested for accuracy to validate the data.
1.1Demonstrate or support the truth or value of: in a healthy family a child’s feelings are validated
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  • Museums help validate the value, importance and legitimacy of these objects, as do critics and hangers on.
  • Its studies have validated the ecological value of traditional farming and been instrumental in fighting destructive development projects in India.
  • These artists need a national institution to support and validate them and to facilitate contact with the global arena.
prove, substantiate, corroborate, verify, support, back up, bear out, lend force to, confirm, justify, vindicate, authenticate
1.2Make or declare legally valid.
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  • Read the institutions' prospectuses carefully and note if a course is accredited or validated by a respected professional body.
  • This course is validated by Limpert's Academy, who are the leading body in the world of Interior Design.
  • This new certification body for further education and training in Ireland is now validating courses in all FAS centres.
ratify, endorse, approve, agree to, accept, authorize, legalize, legitimize, warrant, license, certify, recognize
1.3Recognize or affirm the validity or worth of (a person or their feelings or opinions); cause (a person) to feel valued or worthwhile: without Patti to validate my feelings, they seemed not to exist he seems to need other women’s attention to validate him as a man
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  • She's gorgeous, she's talented, she has beautiful children, but she needs a man to feel validated.
  • You are slightly insecure, and need to be constantly validated and praised by your lover in order to feel good about the relationship.
  • So, this was just validating the bad feeling I carried with me for years.


Mid 17th century (in the sense 'make legally valid'): from medieval Latin validat- 'made legally valid', from the verb validare, from Latin validus (see valid).

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Syllabification: val·i·date

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