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ratify Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
    • All parties ratified the peace treaty
    • Have you signed your contract yet?

Rat"i*fy transitive verb
F. ratifier, fr. L. ratus fixed by calculation, firm, valid + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Rate, n., and -fy.
imperfect & past participle Ratified ; present participle & verbal noun Ratifying
  1. To approve and sanction; to make valid; to establish; to settle; especially, to give sanction to, as something done by an agent or servant; as, to ratify an agreement, treaty, or contract; to ratify a nomination.
    It is impossible for the divine power to set a seal to a lie by ratifying an imposture with such a miracle. South.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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