Definition of ratify in English:

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ratify

Pronunciation: /ˈradəˌfī/

verb (ratifies, ratifying, ratified)

[with object]
Sign or give formal consent to (a treaty, contract, or agreement), making it officially valid.
Example sentences
  • The Treaty was ratified by both countries in 1988.
  • Parliament unanimously ratified an agreement on Wednesday allowing this.
  • Seven countries have already ratified the constitution with two more countries well on track.
Synonyms
confirm, approve, sanction, endorse, agree to, accept, uphold, authorize, formalize, validate, recognize;
sign

Derivatives

ratifiable

Pronunciation: /ˈratəˌfīəbəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • If all wrongs were ratifiable, but with interested directors excluded from voting, then the basis for individual suit to enforce breaches of directors' duties would have to be re-considered.

ratifier

Pronunciation: /ˈradəˌfīr/
noun
Example sentences
  • Historians continue to deepen our understanding of how varied and occasionally contradictory were the intentions of various framers and ratifiers.
  • The ratifier analyses the answers according to the parameters, removes redundancies and evaluates the psychological profile of the candidate.
  • He felt that hypnotic physiological effects served as the most powerful ratifiers of trance experience.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French ratifier, from medieval Latin ratificare, from Latin ratus 'fixed' (see rate1).

Words that rhyme with ratify

beatify, gratify, stratify

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: rat·i·fy

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