ratify

UK [ˈrætɪfaɪ] / US [ˈrætəˌfaɪ] verb [transitive]
Word forms "ratify":
present tense I/you/we/they ratify he/she/it ratifies present participle ratifying past tense ratified past participle ratified
to make an agreement official by signing it or formally accepting it

The treaty still has to be ratified by EU heads of state.


Derived word:
ratification
UK [ˌrætɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n] / US [ˌrætəfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n] noun uncountable

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  • ratify — rat·i·fy / ra tə ˌfī/ vt fied, fy·ing: to make valid or effective; esp: to adopt or affirm (as the prior act or contract of an agent) by express or implied consent with the effect of original authorization unable to rescind the contract because… …   Law dictionary

  • ratify — ratify, confirm are comparable when they mean to make something legally valid or operative. Both terms presuppose previous action by a person or body with power of appointing, of legislating, or of framing such a document as a constitution, a… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Ratify — Rat i*fy (r[a^]t [i^]*f[imac]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ratified} (r[a^]t [i^]*f[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Ratifying} (r[a^]t [i^]*f[imac] [i^]ng).] [F. ratifier, fr. L. ratus fixed by calculation, firm, valid + ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Rate} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ratify — rat‧i‧fy [ˈrætfaɪ] verb ratified PTandPP ratifying PRESPART [transitive] to make a written agreement official by signing it: • The government delayed ratifying the treaty. * * * ratify UK US /ˈrætɪfaɪ/ verb [T] ► LAW …   Financial and business terms

  • ratify — mid 14c., from O.Fr. ratifier (late 13c.), from M.L. ratificare confirm, approve, lit. fix by reckoning, from L. ratus fixed, valid (pp. of reri to reckon, think ) + root of facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related: Ratified;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ratify — [v] affirm, authorize accredit, approve, authenticate, bear out, bind, bless, certify, commission, confirm, consent, corroborate, endorse, establish, give stamp of approval*, go for*, license, okay*, rubber stamp*, sanction, sign, substantiate,… …   New thesaurus

  • ratify — ► VERB (ratifies, ratified) ▪ give formal consent to; make officially valid. DERIVATIVES ratification noun ratifier noun. ORIGIN Latin ratificare, from ratus fixed …   English terms dictionary

  • ratify — [rat′ə fī΄] vt. ratified, ratifying [ME ratifien < MFr ratifier < ML ratificare < L ratus (see RATE1) + facere, to make, DO1] to approve or confirm; esp., to give official sanction to SYN. APPROVE ratification [rat΄əfi kā′shən] n.… …   English World dictionary

  • ratify — 01. The town council is set to [ratify] a decision to outlaw smoking in all public buildings. 02. The peace agreement has been [ratified] by both sides in the conflict. 03. The federal government is expected to [ratify] the agreement on climate… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • ratify — verb Ratify is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑country, ↑parliament Ratify is used with these nouns as the object: ↑amendment, ↑constitution, ↑convention, ↑treaty …   Collocations dictionary

  • ratify — rat|i|fy [ˈrætıfaı] v past tense and past participle ratified present participle ratifying third person singular ratifies [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: ratifier, from Medieval Latin ratificare, from Latin ratus; RATE1] to make a written …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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