Definition of validate in English:


Line breaks: val¦id|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈvalɪdeɪt


[with object]
  • 1Check or prove the validity or accuracy of: all analytical methods should be validated in respect of accuracy
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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: acclaim was seen as a means of validating one’s existence
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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, give proof of, show to be true, give substance to; uphold, support, back up, bear out, justify, vindicate, substantiate, corroborate, verify, demonstrate, authenticate, confirm, endorse, give credence to, lend weight to; vouch for, attest to, testify to, stand by, bear witness to
  • 1.2Make or declare legally valid: a wide range of professional bodies validate courses leading to these awards
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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.
  • 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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    • But, as my friend says, I don't need a man to validate me.
    • Acknowledging and validating these feelings can be reassuring for the young fathers.
    • He needs you to prevent or stop his aggressive attacks, but he also needs you near him to validate the emotions that he's experiencing.



Pronunciation: /-ˈdeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • I understand that for relatives the telling of such a story gives the victims' lives, and deaths, validation.
  • For the scientist, it is a lifelong dream, the validation of a long career.
  • They did not seek validation for their actions from anyone other than themselves.


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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