Definition of ratify in English:



  • Sign or give formal consent to (a treaty, contract, or agreement), making it officially valid.

    ‘both countries were due to ratify the treaty by the end of the year’
    • ‘The emergency powers were subsequently ratified in parliament by a substantial majority.’
    • ‘Where was the consortium of great powers which had once established, or at least formally ratified disputed frontiers?’
    • ‘The new district plan is due to be ratified by the district council on April 21.’
    • ‘The deed was signed on 12 May 2001, and subsequently ratified by a significant majority of the people.’
    • ‘Judges are nominated by the president and ratified by the Senate.’
    • ‘The establishment of this air police force has been ratified by the State Council.’
    • ‘The Canadian government hasn't ratified this agreement yet.’
    • ‘The convention, on March 11, 1861, unanimously ratified a permanent constitution.’
    • ‘The United States is a signatory to that agreement but has not yet ratified the convention.’
    • ‘All three are expected to be ratified unanimously at the party convention on the 16th November.’
    • ‘The new contract was ratified by a majority of only 56 percent.’
    • ‘He warned their entry to the EU depended on member states ratifying the accession treaties.’
    • ‘But the vote will have to be ratified at an extraordinary meeting of the full council today.’
    • ‘Doctors finally ratified a contract in 2002 that gave them an average wage increase of $50,000 each.’
    • ‘The Treaty was ratified by both countries in 1988.’
    • ‘Seven countries have already ratified the constitution with two more countries well on track.’
    • ‘Parliament unanimously ratified an agreement on Wednesday allowing this.’
    • ‘The Federal Government will not ratify the protocol until the economic impact of doing so is fully assessed.’
    • ‘Ironically, the peace that Wilson worked so hard to shape was never ratified by the U.S. Senate.’
    • ‘Amendments to the Articles had to be ratified by the legislature of every state.’
    • ‘After a contract was ratified in February 2003, she continued her work with non-tenure-track faculty members.’


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