Definition of validate in English:

validate

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

[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.
Synonyms
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;
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.
Synonyms
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.

Origin

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).

Derivatives

validation

Pronunciation: /-ˈdeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
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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.

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